F113 HMS Falmouth

UK Royal Navy




1961 to 1984    


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Flight Deck: FM
Call Sign: GFXU


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1957-nov-23Laid downSwan Hunter Yard No. 1887
1959-dec-15Launched
1961-jul-25Commissioned
1961-dec-5in collision with RFA Tideflow in Lyme Bay.
1966DeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Patrol Deployed on Beira Patrol, during the oil blockade of Rhodesia
1966-may-27Port Visitcommenced 4 day visit to Falmouth and returned to HMNB Devonport on 31 May 1966.
1966-oct-10Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for a 10 month Far East deployment, returning on 25 Aug 1967.
1967-oct-30Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for a 2 month Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic deployment, returning on 3 Dec 1967.
1968-jan-13Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for a 3 month Caribbean deployment, returning on 29 March 1968.
1968-apr-27Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for a 2 month Mediterranean deployment, returning on 23 June 1968.
1968-aug-2RefitReady for Wasp Refit at HMD Portsmouth to plate over forward Limbo tubes and install a flight deck, hangar and other Wasp Ships Flight support facilities. Completed by Dec 1970
1971-novDeploymentthe last vessel of RN to deploy for 12 months to the far east. Was plane guard for HMS Eagle to cover withdrawal from the Arabian Gulf 1971. Spent Christmas 1971 at Mombasa. Oversaw the handover of Singapore dockyard to the Sambawang shipping company, HMS Terror (Royal Navy barracks) was renamed for the ANZUK handover.
1974-sep-17Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport to join Task Group 317.2 for Far East deployment, joining with HMS Achilles, HMS Diomede, HMS Falmouth, HMS Leander, HMS Lowestoft, RFA Green Rover, RFA Olna and RFA Stromness, returned Jun 1975.
1974-oct-14Port VisitZASimon Town Naval Dockyard Visited Simonstown en route Far East deployment, in company with other ships from Task Group 317.2, until 21 Oct.
1974-novDeploymentdeveloped a serious fire amidships in Indian Ocean while on Task Group 317.2 deployment and made Hong Kong for extensive repairs, under her own steam.
1975-julAircraft829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS542 assigned as /441-FM by Jul 1975 to Feb 1977
1976-may-6DeploymentCollision rammed Icelandic cutter Tyr during Third Cod War.
1977Wasp flight formed 1977 XV639 youngest RN wasp
1978-mayDeploymentBaltic deployment
1978-decAircraftallocated 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XV639 as /441 Falmouth Flt until c Mar 1980. Although other Wasps continued to be allocated to other Ships Flts, this was the last ship allocation, of the final UK Wasp produced.
1979-may-8Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth as escort to HMS Norfolk, Flagship of Task Group 317.8 for 7 month Indian Ocean and Far East group deployment in company with HMS Achilles and HMS Arethusa, supported by RFA Black Rover, RFA Olmeda and RFA Regent. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Arrow and HMS Dido, returned to Portsmouth 14 Dec 1979.
1980-marPort VisitFalmouth Docks final visit to Falmouth before entering Reserve in Dec 1980
1982-aprAircraftAccident 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS568 assigned as /441-FM by Apr 1982 to 30 Sep 1982. Ditched and recovered by HMS Falmouth off Belize 30 Sep 1982.
1982-apr-22recommissioned from disposal list
1983-mayDeploymentOn station off Falklands
1983-julAircraft829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT786 assigned as /441-FM by Jul 1983 to 7 Nov 1984
1984-marDeploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 5 month Far East deployment, returned 17 Aug.
1984-novDecommissioned
1984-nov-7AircraftAccident Damage to cabin roof equipment and rotor head on deck, off N of Scotland 7 Nov 1984. Airlifted off.
1988Fate: scrappedsold for scrap in Spain

Specifications    

    from Type 12 Rothesay class
235crew
2144light (tn)
2577full load (tn)
112.70length (m)
12.50beam (m)
5.20draught (m)
30max speed (knots)
1Missile Launcher Sea Cat
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 993

Aircraft    

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UK Royal Navy Westland wasp 11


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Builder    

UK Swan Hunter, Wallsend


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