F119 HMS Eskimo

Royal Navy

1963 to 1979    

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Flight Deck: ES
Call Sign: GDFE

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1958-oct-22Laid downas Yard No. 2001
1965-janAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT416/183-ES by Feb 1965, /453-ES by Aug 1965, until c Jun 1966
1967-junDeploymentrelieved HMS Ashanti standing off Aden during Arab-Israeli six day war of 1967.
1969-janAircraftRAF Gibraltar Accident assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XV631/453-ES, until damaged at RAF North Front Aug 1969.
1970-janAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT427/453 until c Jun 1970
1970-sepDeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol off Mozambique Channel, enforcing UN sanctions.
1971-feb-17Port VisitRepresented the UK at 5th Annual Massawa Naval Days, Ethiopia (now in Eritrea). Departed on 25 Feb.
1971-julRefitHMD Chatham Sea Cat with GWS-21, completed a refit at HMD Chatham, shake down and re-commissioned on 15 Dec 1973.
1973-sepAircraftAccident assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT442/453 until crashed at Norton Heliport, while on loan to BRNC Flt on 12 Dec 1973
1973-decAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT781/453, until landing accident during night recovery to ship, off Portland on 28 Mar 1974
1974-may-1Aircraftassigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT434/453, until c Sep 1976.
1974-junDeployment6 month deployment as West Indies Guardship, returned late Jan 1975
1976-febDeploymentAtlantic Patrol Ship (South) until Apr 1976, supported by RFA Tidesurge.
1977-marAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XV636/453, until c Nov 1978.
1978-novAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT429/453, until c Aug 1980.
1979-augRefitentered refit and on completion joined the Standby squadron in Chatham
1986Fate: transfereddamaged as fleet target, off Wales.
1992-may-19Fate: scrappedBreakers Yard arrived in Bilbao under tow and subsequently scrapped.


    from Type 81 Tribal class
2300light (tn)
2700full load (tn)
110length (m)
13beam (m)
5.30draught (m)
28max speed (knots)
1Naval Engine propulsion system: COSAG
2Missile Launcher Sea Cat
2Naval Gun Mark 5 4.5 inch (114mm)
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
1Rocket Launcher ASW mortar Mk 10 Limbo
1Naval Radar air search radar Type 965
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 993
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 162


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Royal Navy westland wasp 11

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J Samuel White, East Cowes

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