F83 HMS St Albans

Royal Navy




2002 to present    


  • F83 HMS St Albans
  • F83 HMS St Albans

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Flight Deck: SB
Call Sign: GDIT


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1996-febOrdered
1999-apr-18Laid down
2000-may-6Launchedaka The Saint
2002-jun-6Commissioned
2002-oct-27struck by P&O ferry Pride of Portsmouth while St Albans moored at Fountain Lake Jetty, in Portsmouth Harbour.
2006-feb-13DeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month maritime security and anti-piracy deployment in the northern Gulf and Indian Ocean; returned to Portsmouth, via Beirut, on 18 Aug.
2006-jul-20Deploymentoff Lebanon Operation Highbrow assisted in evacuating UK nationals from Beirut during the Israel - Lebanon conflict
2007-jan-5Port VisitShip Open to Visitors at the London Boat Show, until 15 Jan.
2007-mayRefitReady for Merlin towed array sonar Type 2087 until May 2008, at Babcock in Rosyth, which included conversion to operate the Merlin, the Seawolf mid life upgrade and a new Type 2087 towed array sonar.
2009-jan-19Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 4 month maritime security deployment to the Mediterranean, returned 7 May.
2009-julAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH837 as /503, until Oct 2009 when she was damaged aboard HMCS Montreal.
2009-octAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH848 as /503, until c Aug 2010.
2010-feb-1DeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month Arabian Gulf and Middle East deployment, returning in Aug 2010.
2011-jun-5DeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth for a 6 month anti-piracy and anti-narcotics deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean, relieving HMS Iron Duke, returning on 2 Dec 2011.
2011-octDeployment Combined Task Force 150 assigned with CTF 150 in Middle East waters
2012-mar-17Port VisitTower Bridge Upper Pool of London (top) visit to the Pool of London with Merlin ZH863, beside HMS Belfast, until 22 Mar
2012-apr-14DeploymentNorth Channel Perisher cooperating with HMS Monmouth in searching for UK SSN HMS Tireless during Perisher command course.
2013-mar-10Port VisitAmsterdam Harbour Oostelijke Handelskade (bot) at Amsterdam, embarked Merlin ZH841
2013-aprRefitMk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch at Portsmouth for 15 month refit including Kryten gun and Seawolf system update. Rejoined fleet on 1 Aug 2014.
2014-oct-7Trialsworking up with 829 NAS Merlin HM.2 for 3 days off south coast, after emerging from refit.
2014-nov-26Port VisitTower Bridge Upper Pool of London visit to the Pool of London with Merlin HM.2 ZH836 embarked, beside HMS Belfast, until 2 Dec.
2015-jul-7Port VisitWest India Docks visit to London, with Ship Open to Visitors on 11 Jul. Due to depart on 15 Jul.
2015-nov-30DeploymentOperation Kipion Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month maritime security deployment to the Middle East and the Gulf as part of Operation Kipion. Merlin HM.2 of 829 NAS 01 Flt /88 and Scan Eagle UAV embarked. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 5 Aug 2016.
2015-dec-02NEWS Persian Gulf Royal Navy Merlin HM.2 First Gulf Deployment

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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