D02 HMS Devonshire

Royal Navy

1962 to 1978    

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Flight Deck: DV
Call Sign: GHFW

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1959-mar-9Laid downas DLG01
1961-novTrialsWessex HAS.1 XM920 embarked for 10 days of trials
1962-marAircraftassigned Wessex HAS.1 XM923/989-D for Ships Flt.
1964-marAircraftShips Flt Wessex HAS.1 (still XM923) brought under 829 Sq administration, shortly after unit reformed
1964-julAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wessex HAS.1 XM832/404-DV for Devonshire Flt, delivered to ship overseas 31 Jul, (until c Oct 1964).
1964-julDeployment Operation White Horse re-inforced the Alouette IIs of 24 Flt at Atkinson Field with its Wessex, while 1310 Flt was deploying from RAF Odiham.
1965-julAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wessex HAS.1 XS864/404-DV for Devonshire Flt (until Sep 1967).
1967-novDeploymentpart of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
1971-marAircraftassigned 737 Sq Wessex HAS.3 XS149/403-DV for Devonshire Flt (until Apr 1974).
1974-apr-10AircraftWessex HAS.3 XP105/403-DV assigned to Devonshire Flt.
1974-julDeploymentAkrotiri Bay Partition of Cyprus part of Task Force to Eastern Mediterranean during Cyprus emergency
1975-decAircraftassigned 737 Sq Wessex HAS.3 XP137/403-DV for Devonshire Flt (until c Apr 1976).
1976-sepAircraftassigned 737 Sq Wessex HAS.3 XM844/403-DV for Ships Flt (until Dec 1976).
1976-dec-13Aircraftmouth of St Georges Channel Accident lost 737 Sq Devonshire Flt Wessex HAS.3 XM844 overboard during a night take off near the mouth of St Georges Channel.
1977-jun-25Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Mother Bank
1978-sep-13to Disposal List
1982planned sale to Egypt collapsed. Her hangar was cannibalised for use in the repair to HMS Glamorgan, after Falklands damage.
1984-jul-16Fate: sunkexpended as a target. Sunk by Sea Eagle missile launched by a Sea Harrier from HMS Illustrious.


    from County class
5440light (tn)
6200full load (tn)
158.70length (m)
16.50beam (m)
6.10draught (m)
30max speed (knots)
60000power (shp)
4Naval Engine gas turbine
2Naval Engine propulsion system: COSAG
2Naval Engine steam turbines
2Missile Launcher Sea Cat
1Missile Launcher Sea Slug
2Naval Gun Mark 6 4.5 inch (twin 114mm)
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
1Naval Radar air search radar Type 965
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
1Naval Radar air direction radar Type 277
1Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 901
1Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 903
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 992


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