WSS., Kendal, 1st.ed., 1990. 120 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs. Pict. c.c., 24 x 19cm. Crease to corner of rear cover : Nr.FINE. Dr. Osborne and his co-author examine the history, design and development of the British frigates of which HMS LEANDER was the first of a class of 26 completed for the Royal Navy over a period of ten years. These handsome frigates proved to be excellent sea boats, popular with their crews and forming the backbone of the Navy's escort force during the 1970s. The successful design was adopted by the fleets of Australia, Chile, Netherlands, India and New Zealand ' counting for a further 18 frigates. The evolution of the class is given with both wartime and post-war classes described ' Weapon, Battle, Whitby, Blackwood, Rothesay and Tribal classes etc. Each Leander is included, both British and foreign, and the book is profusely illustrated with photographs.