R05 HMS Invincible

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R05 HMS Invincible

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Flight Deck: N
Call Sign: GUCL


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1973-apr-17Ordered
1973-jul-20Laid down
1979-mayAircraftTrials in Largs Bay During trials in Largs Bay in May 1979, 819 NAS Sea King HAS.2A XV710/310-PW was first aircraft to perform a deck landing.
1979-may-3Launchedceremony included a flypast by 3 Sea King HAS.1 from 819 Squadron
1980-mar-6AircraftAccident During trials south of Isle of Wight, two of the embarked 820 NAS Sea Kings (XZ915 and XZ917) collided in mid-air in poor visibility.
1980-may-19Trialsfirst landing of Sea Harrier on an Invincible class deck
1980-jul-11Commissionedat HMNB Portsmouth
1982-apr-4Deployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Portsmouth for Falklands Conflict first op deployment with Invincible air group configured for maximum Harrier compliment to carry out air defence of the task force and offensive operations. Returned to Portsmouth on 17 Sep.
1982-nov-5Port VisitRoosevelt Roads At Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico until 11 Nov 1982
1982-nov-12Port VisitAt Fort Lauderdale, Florida until 19 Nov 1982
1982-nov-22Port VisitAt Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until 29 Nov 1982, returning to HMNB Portsmouth by 8 Dec 1982.
1983-sep-1Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for Far East and Australasian deployment, cut short by difficulties with the machinery and the nervousness with which the Australian and Japanese governments viewed offering repair facilities to a ship which might be carrying nuclear weapons
1986-mayRefitGoalkeeper CIWS upgrade Goalkeeper to HMD Devonport for an extensive refit until Nov 1988 including work on the machinery, reconfiguring the ski jump, an operations room upgrade, new sonar, 3 sets of Goalkeeper CIWS (to replace post-South Atlantic conflict Phalanx) and an increase in the air group capacity. Returned to service in 1989.
1991-oct-7West Mediterranean during the NATO exercise Display Determination 91
1992-mayDeploymentled Group Deployment to Far East for Orient 92, consisting of HMSs Boxer, Newcastle, Norfolk and RFAs Fort Austin and Olwen, returning Nov 1992.
1993-jul-22DeploymentDalmatian coast UNPROFOR departed HMNB Portsmouth and relieved HMS Ark Royal on station in the Adriatic during Aug, assisting UNPROFOR, until Jan 1994.
1993-nov-17Port VisitPort of Trieste Visit Trieste, Italy. Sea king XV703 onboard
1994-aug-24DeploymentDalmatian coast UNPROFOR departed HMNB Portsmouth with 814 NAS and 849 NAS A Flt embarked, for return to the Adriatic to relieve HMS Ark Royal in Sep. On station until Feb 1995 when relieved by HMS Illustrious.
1995-julDeploymentDalmatian coast UNPROFOR returned to the Adriatic with 814 NAS and 849 NAS embarked, to relieve HMS Illustrious. On station until 9 Dec 1995.
1995-decRefitalongside in HMNB Portsmouth for maintenance period after Adriatic deployment, until Mar 1996.
1996-augDeploymentTask Group TG 333.01 departed from HMNB Portsmouth at end Aug 1996 in company with HMS Sheffield, RFA Oakleaf (A111) and RFA Fort Grange for exercises in Mediterranean and Persian Gulf (from Nov) before returning to Portsmouth on 19 Dec.
1997-nov-29Port VisitBarcelona Harbour Barcelona visit to Barcelona, until 4 Dec 1997
1998-jan-9Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for Persian Gulf and Mediterranean deployment, supported by HMS Nottingham, HMS Coventry, RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Bayleaf.
1998-aug-28HMNB Portsmouth International Festival of Sea Portsmouth on board Sea King XV664, ZE422
1999Refitrefit at HMD Portsmouth for removal of Sea Dart, extension of flight deck and more space for air group and its support equipment; until spring 2000
1999-may-21Adriatic withdrawn from Kosovo theatre, to be replaced by RFA Argus on 1 Jun.
2001-mar-31into extended readiness at HMNB Portsmouth until Jul 2001
2001-juldeparted HMNB Portsmouth at end of Jul for Rosyth, to prepare for refit
2001-decRefitrefit at Rosyth, until Mar 2003, including removal of Sea Dart twin launcher.
2004-jul-4Port Visitto New York, NY for Independence Day celebrations
2005-aug-3Decommissionedinto low readiness reserve at HMNB Portsmouth
2010-sep-10StruckEnded readiness reserve.
2011-apr-12Fate: scrappedAliaga Shipbreakers March 24 2011 Invincible hull was towed from Portsmouth harbour to Leyal Ship Dismantling and Recycling in Turkey for scrapping. Completed January 2012

Specifications    

    from Invincible class
725crew
16950light (tn)
20750full load (tn)
210length (m)
36beam (m)
8.80draught (m)
7000range (nm)
28max speed (knots)
4Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Olympus
2Naval Engine propulsion system: COGAG
2Naval Gun Oerlikon 20mm Mk.7 cannon
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
3Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
8Chaff and decoys Seagnat
1Naval Radar air search radar Type 1022
2Naval Radar navigation radar Type 1006
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 996
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2016

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