F231 HMS Argyll

Royal Navy




1991 to present    


  • F231 HMS Argyll
  • F231 HMS Argyll

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Flight Deck: AY
Call Sign: GACG


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1987-mar-20Laid down
1989-apr-8Launched
1991-may-31Commissioned
1993-marAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 ZD567 as /365-AY until 25 Mar 1994.
1994-mar-25Aircraft7nm E of Andros Is Accident Lynx HAS.3S ZD567 / 365-AY crashed and sank 7nm E of Andros Island.
1995-decAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ230/365-AY until c Nov 1996.
1996-may-24Deploymentrelieved HMS Brave on station in Caribbean as West Indies Guardship.
1998-apr-4Port VisitAmsterdam Harbour Oostelijke Handelskade Apr98 STANAVFORMED embarked 815 NAS 208 Flt Lynx XZ722/365-AY
2000DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Atlantic Patrol Task (South), deployed around Falkland Islands between Jul 2000 and Oct 2000, relieved by HMS Iron Duke.
2000-mayDeploymentFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser.
2002-junAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ722/365-AY by 1 Jun 2002, until c Nov 2002
2005-febDeployment Operation Telic departed UK for 6 month maritime security deployment to Persian Gulf. Relieved HMS Marlborough in Mar 2005 as Operation Telic guardship with Task Group 330.01. Returned Aug 2005.
2006-oct-11DeploymentFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) conduct of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2007-octDeploymentdeparted UK for 6 month deployment in Persian Gulf as part of CTF-150, returning Apr 2008
2007-dec-6Port Visitshort visit to Doha, while on patrol in the Northern Arabian Gulf.
2008-jul-19Port Visitvisited Liverpool for the 2008 Tall Ships event, with RFA Lyme Bay.
2008-oct-4DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
2009-feb-16Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 2 month Mediterranean deployment as the Advanced Force Commander for Exercise Taurus 09, returning 17 Apr 2009.
2009-apr-4Port Visittied up in Palma de Mallorca for a 5 day visit, during deployment on Operation Taurus 09.
2009-oct-9RefitMk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch to Babcock at Rosyth for an 11 month refit, including the Seawolf mid life upgrade returning to HMNB Devonport on 30 Sep 2010.
2010-novAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ691/365-AY until at least Jul 2011.
2011-sep-28Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for Arabian Gulf operations, to relieve HMS St Albans and returned to Devonport on 30 Mar 2012, after being relieved on station by HMS Daring.
2013-feb-18Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 7 month South Atlantic and Eastern Pacific deployment, included 815 NAS 211 Flight Lynx embarked. Relieved by HMS Richmond and returned to HMNB Devonport on 12 Sep 2013.
2013-may-16Port VisitSimon Town Naval Dockyard Simons Town arrived for two week mid-deployment maintenance, departed on 30 May.
2013-aug-30Port VisitHamilton Dockyard visit to Hamilton, Bermuda
2013-oct-20Refitsurface and low level air search radar Type 997 in HMNB Devonport under maintenance, including installation of the Type 997 ARTISAN surveillance radar (second Type 23 to receive this new 3D radar).
2014-jan-14Port VisitTower Bridge Upper arrived in Pool of London 14 Jan alongside HMS Belfast, for 5 day port visit. Depart 19 Jan.
2014-mar-12Accident accidentally released a Stingray torpedo while tied up alongside in HMNB Devonport.
2014-jun-20Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 6 month Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment. 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 /365-AY embarked. Returned to Devonport 18 Dec.
2014-jul-4Port VisitHamilton Dockyard short visit to Bermuda to update plans for disaster relief, with local authorities. Departed 7 Jul.
2014-oct-11Port VisitSanto Domingo Don Diego Port visit to Santo Domingo for Defence engagement weekend with the Ship Open for Visitors on 12 Oct. Departed 14 Oct.
2014-oct-18Port VisitHeritage Wharf returned to Bermuda to assist in the clearance operations following Hurricane Gonzalo.
2014-nov-30Port VisitPort of Havana Visited Havana until 4 Dec, in anticipation of further thawing of relations with the West.
2015-feb-17DeploymentFleet Ready Escort Took over escort of Russian Neustrashimy class warship Yaroslav Mudryy and supporting tanker Kola through English Channel from Marine Nationale.
2015-mar-17DeploymentExercise Browndown Battle II Staff College Sea Days 2015 participated in SC Sea Days 2015
2015-junRefitCAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Type 23 Life Extension Programme: replacement of Seawolf missile system with Sea Ceptor over 20 months, by Babcock at Devonport. Completed Feb 2017.
2017Trialsselected as Trials Vessel for Sea Ceptor missle system
2017-sep-9Port VisitRoyal Victoria Dock DSEI 2017 (pic2) at the Royal Docks for London International Shipping Week and the DSEI 2017 exhibition, joining HMS Mersey. Argyll had Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ375 embarked.
2017-sep-11NEWS Royal Victoria Dock Leonardo at DSEI 2017

Specifications    

    from Type 23 Duke class
180crew
3600light (tn)
4200full load (tn)
133length (m)
16.10beam (m)
5.50draught (m)
7800range (nm)
28max speed (knots)
4Naval Engine diesel - Paxman Valenta 12CM
2Naval Engine electric motors
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Spey
2Naval Engine propulsion system: CODLAG
2Missile Launcher Mk 141 quad Harpoon
1Missile Launcher Sea Wolf
2Naval Gun single 30 mm
1Naval Gun Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch
4Chaff and decoys Seagnat
1Chaff and decoys towed decoy Type 182
1Chaff and decoys towed decoy Type 2070 Talisman
2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 911
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 1007
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 996
1Sonar towed array sonar Type 2031
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2050

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Builder    

Yarrow, Scotstoun


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