F229 HMS Lancaster

Royal Navy




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F229 HMS Lancaster

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Flight Deck: LA
Call Sign: GACH


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1987-dec-18Laid down
1990-may-24Launchedaka The Red Rose, aka The Queens Frigate
1992-may-1Commissionedoriginally intended to be F232 but changed to F229
1999RefitMajor, 12 month refit
2001-febPort Visitto Kuwait City for 10th anniversary Liberation ceremonies (from 1991 Iraq invasion)
2003DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. Operated around Falkland Islands between May 2003 and Nov 2003, relieving HMS Westminster and herself relieved by HMS Glasgow.
2006-feb-13DeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 5 month security deployment to the Red Sea, Gulf and Indian Ocean, initially operating with French Navy units led by FNS Charles de Gaulle and including FNS Cassard, FNS Montcalm and HMNLS De Zeven Provincien, supported by FNS Somme. Returned mid Jul 2006.
2008-sepDeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month Gulf and Middle East deployment, returned Feb 2009
2009-oct-22DeploymentLeft HMNB Portsmouth with 815 NAS, 211 Flt Lynx embarked, for a 7 month Middle East deployment supporting CTF150 and CTF151, returning on 27 May 2010.
2010-octRefitto BAE Systems at HMD Portsmouth for her 4th refit, of 16 months. Work included more efficient progress through the water, upgrades to weapons and computer systems, new shafts and upgrade to accommodation. Could not afford the towed array sonar Type 2087 upgrade.
2012-feb-2TrialsCommencement of sea trials following 16 month refit, prior to returning to the Fleet.
2012-jul-6Aircraftflying demonstration by Wildcat for South Korean Trade Delegation, off South Coast of UK. Only 2nd Type 23 to host a Wildcat (ZZ404, an Army AH.1 variant).
2013-feb-15Port VisitPortland Harbour 3 day visit to Portland, alongside the deep water berth, until 17 Feb.
2013-mar-2Port VisitWest India Docks visit to Canary Wharf for 5 days, depart 7 Mar
2013-mar-3Aircraft815NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257/300-LA embarked
2013-may-28DeploymentAtlantic Patrol Task (North) departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month humanitarian and anti-narcotic deployment to the Caribbean and North Atlantic. 815 NAS 202 Flt Lynx HMA.8 /300-LA assigned. Supported in theatre by RFA Wave Knight. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth 18 Dec.
2013-jun-20Port Visitarrived in Grand Cayman for 4 day disaster preparedness visit
2013-aug-2Port VisitKingston Bay weekend visit to Kingston, Jamaica, until 5 Aug.
2013-sep-9Port VisitCartagena de Indias Harbour Cartagena de Indias Colombia for navy fair
2013-sep-23Port Visit4 day visit to Belize, including Independence Day celebrations, departed on 26 Sep. Lynx HMA.8 815 Sq/300 Spartan aboard.
2013-nov-1Port VisitSanto Domingo 4 day visit to Dominican Republic
2014-mar-17TrialsMerlin HM.2 initial trials with 829 NAS 01 Flight
2014-mar-17NEWS Merlin Mk2 initial trials on Type 23 frigate
2014-may-14Port VisitHamburg Port 825th Hamburg Hafengeburtstag visit to Hamburg for the 825th anniversary of the port and to join the Hafengeburtstag celebrations. Moored alongside FGS Hamburg.
2014-julDeploymentrendezvous with RFS Admiral Levchenko and shadowed her through English Channel, passing escort on to HMNLS Evertsen and HMNLS Freisland on 6 Jul.
2015-feb-26Port Visitvisited Liverpool for 4 days. Ship open to Visitors on Sat 28 Feb. Departed 1 Mar.
2015-mar-21DeploymentAtlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Atlantic mission, to relieve HMS Dragon. First UK vessel on operational deployment with Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ377 Voodoo (of 825 NAS 201 Flt) embarked. Supported by RFA Gold Rover from Jun to 8 Nov. Returned to Portsmouth 17 Dec.
2015-oct-4Port VisitLobito visited Lobito for 4 day visit, including joint training with US Marines and Angolan forces
2015-oct-23NEWS Saint Helena Wildcat in St Helena. First South Atlantic Deployment
2015-dec-6Port VisitAlgiers visit to Algiers, departed 8 Dec.
2016-febHMNB Portsmouth Extended Readiness into Extended Readiness, at Portsmouth
2017-marRefitHMD Devonport left HMNB Portsmouth under tow for HMD Devonport and a refit by Bacock.

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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    Typical Max
Royal Navy AW eh.101 11
Royal Navy Westland Lynx 11
Royal Navy AW AW159 Wildcat HMA2 10

The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

Builder    

Yarrow, Scotstoun


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