F79 HMS Portland

Royal Navy




2001 to present    


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Flight Deck: PD
Call Sign: GDIS


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1996-febOrdered
1998-jan-14Laid down
1999-may-15Launched
2001-aprAircraft815 Sqn, 229 Flt Lynx ZD265 assigned as /426-PD Portland Flt, until Dec 2004
2001-may-3Commissioned
2004-dec-8Aircraft12nm E of The Lizard Accident Lynx XZ724 during SAR by 815 NAS 229 Flt received report of man overboard from HMS Montrose, off the Lizard. Working with Sutherland Flt Lynx and 771NAS Sea King Rescue 193 on scene. This tragedy led to the inauguration of the Osprey Trophy in 2007 for excellence amongst front line Lynx units.
2005-febDeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Devonport for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment, for Task Group 326.02. Operated around Falkland Islands between Mar and Sep 2005, relieving HMS Gloucester and herself relieved by HMS Southampton.
2008-sepAircraft815 Sq 206 Flt embarked with its Lynx.
2008-novDeploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 8 month maritime security mission in Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean, returning 3 Jul 2009.
2009-oct-5Deployment Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 participated in Ex JW 09-2, with 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3GMS XZ229/426-PD embarked
2010-apr-13DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Sailed from HMNB Devonport for a 7 month deployment to the South Atlantic. 815 Sq 206 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked. Relieved HMS York and in turn was relieved on station by HMS Gloucester.
2011-jul-1Port VisitDen Helder Marinehaven (naval base) naval days 2011 (marinedagen) Den Helder, Netherlands. embarked Lynx ZF558
2012-janRefittowed array sonar Type 2087 to Rosyth for 50 week refit at Babcock, including Type 2087 sonar installation and Sea Wolf mid-life upgrade, departed mid Dec 2012. Rejoined the Fleet on 7 Mar 2013 at HMNB Devonport.
2013-may-17Port Visitvisit to Portland and Weymouth, departed 20 May.
2013-aug-2DeploymentAssigned as Fleet Ready Escort in UK waters for 2 months.
2013-oct-7DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2014-jan-13DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month South Atlantic and Caribbean deployment. Relieved HMS Richmond and returned 1 Aug.
2014-mar-24Port Visitto Luanda, with Lynx HMA.8 /426 embarked
2015-jan-15Port VisitCruise Terminal visit to Liverpool Cruise Terminal until 18 Jan.
2015-mar-7Port VisitPortland Harbour visited Portland, with Ship Open to Visitors on 8 Mar.
2015-may-26Port VisitKollafjørõur first RN vessel to visit Faroes Islands since HMS Brilliant in 1990
2015-sep-8Port VisitTower Bridge Upper LISW 2015 visit to London for International Shipping Week. Departed on 10 Sep.
2015-oct-3DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 15-2 participated in JW 15-2 off north west coast of Scotland
2015-oct-30Port VisitRoath Basin weekend visit to Cardiff
2016-jun-20Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 9 month maritime security deployment in Middle East and Atlantic. 815 NAS 208 Flt Lynx HMA.8 ZF557/426 embarked, which also performed last firing of a Sea Skua missile off NW Scotland, before they were decommissioned. Returned to Plymouth 10 Mar 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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