D96 HMS Gloucester

Royal Navy




1985 to 2011    


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Flight Deck: GC
Call Sign: GBBF


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1979-mar-27Ordered
1979-oct-29Laid down
1982-nov-2Launched
1985-sep-11Commissioned
1990-julAircraftassigned 829 Sq Lynx HAS.3GM XZ720 as /410-GC, until c Apr 1991
1990-sepDeploymentPersian Gulf Task Group 321.1 Armilla Patrol Deployed to reinforce Armilla Patrol after Kuwaiti annexation by Iraq. Joined by HMS Cardiff and HMS Brazen as part of TG 321.1, relieving HMS Battleaxe, HMS Jupiter and HMS York. HMS Gloucester was relieved by HMS Exeter, leaving theatre on 25 Feb and returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 25 Mar 1991.
1991-feb-25Deploymentfired Sea Dart to down an Iraqi Seersucker missile, bearing down on USS Missouri (BB-63), the first validated operational missile-on-missile engagement
2001-marDeploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month East Africa, Indian Ocean and Far East deployment, returned Oct 2001
2001-jul-25Port VisitPort Louis visited Mauritius, in company with FS Floreal for environmental and habitat protection work, until 30 Jul
2004DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. Operated around Falkland Islands between Dec 2004 and Mar 2005, relieving HMS Iron Duke and herself relieved by HMS Portland in Mar 2005.
2006-mar-29Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth, as escort to HMS Illustrious (leading the Aquila 06 deployment to the Persian Gulf), and supported by RFA Brambleleaf, RFA Diligence and RFA Fort Victoria. Illustrious and Gloucester were detached in mid Jul and ordered back to Beirut, Lebanon.
2006-apr-11Port VisitGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta visit to Malta
2006-julDeploymentoff Lebanon Operation Highbrow assisted in evacuation of British nationals from Beirut, during Israel-Lebanon war
2008-oct-4DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
2009-jun-11DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Departed HMNB Portsmouth for APT(S) duty, relieving HMS Manchester on station c Jul until relived in turn by HMS York in Nov 2009. Returned to UK 21 Dec 2009.
2010-aug-20DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) left HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month deployment as APT(S) supported by RFA Black Rover, relieving HMS Portland and returning to UK on 11 Mar 2011.
2010-nov-29Port Visitpresent at ExpoNaval 2010 in Valparaiso, Chile, for a fortnight s visit
2011-may-24HomeportReturned to Portsmouth for final time, flying her decommissioning pennant.
2011-jun-30DecommissionedDecommissioned at HMNB Portsmouth
2015-sep-22Fate: scrappedAliaga Shipbreakers departed Portsmouth, for scrapping in Turkey

Specifications    

    from Type 42 (Batch 3)
3880light (tn)
5350full load (tn)
141.10length (m)
14.90beam (m)
5.80draught (m)
1Missile Launcher Sea Dart
1Naval Gun Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
1Naval Radar air search radar Type 1022
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 996
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2016

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Royal Navy Westland Lynx 11


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Builder    

Vosper Thornycroft, Woolston


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