L10 HMS Fearless

Royal Navy

1965 to 2003    

L10 HMS Fearless

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Flight Deck: FS
Call Sign: GKYQ

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1962-jul-25Laid down
1965-nov-25Commissionedat Harland & Wolff
1966-may-6Port Visitfirst foreign port visit, to Brest for four days.
1966-jul-15TrialsMediterranean and UK waters propeller trials for 5 weeks
1966-sep-13Deploymentleft HMNB Portsmouth. To support the Civil Power in Aden, until Oct 1966.
1966-oct-25DeploymentHauf Operation Fate Deployed to support the Irish Guards in a security operation around the Hauf region of Yemen, near its border with Oman.
1966-nov-25Port Visit4 day visit to Durban
1967-mar-9Deploymentsailed from Singapore in company with HMS Bulwark for assault exercise off Penang.
1967-oct-17AircraftRAF Sharjah embarked first 8 Wessex of 78 Squadron, for transport to Sharjah.
1967-novDeploymentuntil Dec 1967, part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
1968-oct-4Deployment Operation Diogenes Departed UK. Hosted senior level negotiations from 8 Oct between Britain and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) over its declaration of independence (UDI), off Gibraltar.
1969-jan-15Deploymentsailed from HMNB Devonport for a 3 month Mediterranean and West African deployment, returning on 10 Apr.
1969-marDeploymentoff Lagos off Lagos (Nigeria), for talks between UK and Nigeria over the Biafra crisis.
1969-jun-4Deploymentsailed from HMNB Devonport for a 13 month Far East deployment, returning on 12 Jun 1970.
1969-sep-22Port Visitvisit to Tokyo for cultural , industrial and educational British Week, until 6 Oct.
1971-sep-1Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 10 week Mediterranean deployment, returning on 18 Nov.
1972-novDeploymentparticipated in Exercise Corsica 72 off W coast of Corsica with HMS Ark Royal, HMS Bulwark, and HMS Intrepid.
1977-jun-24Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Ryde Sand
1978-aug-26Port VisitHMD Devonport Navy Days present for Plymouth Navy Days, with 3 CBAS Scout AH.1 XP893/S embarked.
1982-apr-6Deployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Portsmouth with some 3CBAS and 846 Squadron airframes embarked, leaving theatre on 24 Jun 1982.
1983-sep-29collision with German bulk carrier Gerhardt, off Portland.
1983-nov-28Deploymentoff Lebanon Operation Offcut ordered from UK on 20 Nov with RFA Brambleleaf in support and arrived on station off Beirut, to relieve HMS Glamorgan
1985into low readiness reserve for 3 years, until 1988.
1989RefitCIWS Phalanx 20 mm refit at HMD Devonport, including replacement of guns and Seacat for new 20mm and Phalanx CIWS. Completed 1991.
1998-aug-28DeploymentHMNB Portsmouth International Festival of Sea Participated in IFoS 1998.
2001-aug-20Deploymentleft HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean deployment, returning 18 Mar 2002.
2002-aug-3Homeportpaid off for final time at HMNB Portsmouth
2005-julFareham Creek by Jul 2005 was laid up in Fareham Creek
2007-dec-17Fate: scrappedGhent Breakers Yard towed from Portsmouth to Van Heyghen yard at Ghent, Belgium for scrapping


    from Fearless class
12200full load (tn)
158.50length (m)
24.40beam (m)
6.20draught (m)
5000range (nm)
21max speed (knots)
22000power (shp)
2Naval Engine steam turbines
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
4Chaff and decoys Seagnat
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 262
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 994


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Harland and Wolff, Belfast

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