F239 HMS Richmond

UK Royal Navy




1995 to present    


F239 HMS Richmond

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Flight Deck: RM
Call Sign: GCOJ


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1989-decOrdered
1992-feb-6Laid down
1993-apr-6Launched
1995-jun-22Commissioned
1998-decAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257 until c Oct 2001
2002-augAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ725 until c Feb 2003
2002-nov-20Port VisitTower Bridge Upper Visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast), until 26 Nov 2002.
2003-janAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ722 until c Dec 2004
2003-feb-10Deployment Operation Telic Left HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf on the Armilla Patrol, returning 1 Aug 2003, having also provided Naval Gunfire Support during the second Gulf War Iraqi Freedom.
2004-julDeploymentDeployed for 5 months on Atlantic Patrol Task (North), which included support for Caribbean islands during their hurricane season, returning in Dec 2004.
2005-marAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ729 until c May 2005.
2005-julRefitReady for Merlin Began major refit at Fleet Support Ltd, Portsmouth, which included enhancements for Merlin operations. Accepted back into service 6 Sep 2006.
2006-mayAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH828 as /474, until Nov 2008.
2007-may-10DeploymentLeft HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf (relieving HMS Cornwall on 17 Jul) as part of Combined Task Force 158, returning Dec 2007.
2009-octAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH832 as /505, until c Aug 2010.
2010-jul-3Port VisitBEZeebrugge Bruges Harbour Belgium Fleet Days 3+4 July participated with Fleet Days Zeebrugge Belgium. On board Merlin ZH832.
2010-jul-6Port VisitTower Bridge Upper Pool of London Visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast) carrying Merlin ZH832, to renew links with the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames until 12 Jul 2010.
2010-octAircraftassigned 829 NAS 05 Flight Merlin HM.1 ZH836 as /505
2011-jan-5DeploymentLeft HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Far East, via Suez.
2011-may-18Deployment IMDEX Asia 2011 Present for IMDEX Asia 2011 exhibition in Singapore
2011-jul-28HomeportReturned to HMNB Portsmouth after 7 month Indian Ocean counter-piracy deployment.
2011-oct-14Refitto HMD Devonport for a planned 10 month refit at Babcock, primarily for the Seawolf mid life update and completed in Jun 2012.
2013-jun-26Port VisitWest India Dock (TQ) Thames Quay alongside in Docklands for 5 day visit to include Armed Forces Day weekend, departing 30 Jun.
2013-aug-5DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month assignment as Atlantic Patrol Task (South) with 815 NAS 206 Flt Lynx HMA.8 /474-RM assigned. Relieved HMS Argyll on station and after relief in turn by HMS Portland, returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 21 Feb 2014
2013-aug-29Port VisitJamestown arrived St Helena for 2 day visit
2013-sep-27Port Visitoff King Edward Point Grytviken 3 day visit to South Georgia, whilst moored off Hope Point, departed 30 Sep.
2013-dec-6Port VisitPort Stanley arrived Port Stanley for weekend visit which include commemoration of the 1914 Battle of the Falklands on 8 Dec.
2014-jan-20Port VisitPABalboa Panama Canal visit to Balboa, prior to entering Panama canal from Pacific side, for journey back to UK
2014-junDeploymentparticipated in Exercise Deep Blue with embarked Wildcat HMA.2
2014-jun-5Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth in company with HMS Bulwark and smaller ships for Gold Beach and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day commemorations
2015-mar-14DeploymentOperation Kipion departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Middle East deployment, with 815 NAS 206 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked, to relieve HMS Kent. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 11 Dec.
2015-mayDeployment Combined Task Force 150 operating alongside CTF-150 flagship FS Var in Indian Ocean.
2015-oct-25DeploymentLYLibyan coast Operation Sophia Operation Sophia Committed to Italian-led European Operation Sophia as second British Warship operating against people traffickers in the Mediterranean. Operating beyond Libyan territorial waters.
2016-oct-18DeploymentFleet Ready Escort Deployed to escort RFS Admiral Kutnetzov and her task group from the Norwegian Sea, through the North Sea and English Channel on her way to the Mediterranean. Later joined by HMS Duncan.

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
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UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 11
UK Royal Navy AW AW159 Wildcat HMA2 10

The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

Builder    

UK Swan Hunter, Wallsend


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