D89 HMS Exeter

Royal Navy




1980 to 2009    


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Flight Deck: EX
Call Sign: GVUJ


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1976-jan-22Ordered
1976-jul-22Laid downas first Batch 2 Type 42
1978-apr-25Launched
1980-sep-19Commissioned
1981-junAircraft239 Flt allocated 815 NAS Lynx XZ733 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c Aug 1982
1982-may-7Deployment Operation Corporate Departed St Johns, Antigua while West Indies Guardship for South Atlantic to replace HMS Sheffield, leaving theatre on 7 Jul 1982.
1986-aprDeploymentGibraltar Harbour Guardship Operation Clover sent to Gibraltar until May 1986 to support protection of territorial waters and strengthen the Gibraltar Guardship
1986-julAircraftLynx XZ733 as 815 NAS Exeter Flt by Jul 1986 (possibly only seen at Yeovilton, having returned from conversion, still in Exeter Flt markings ?)
1991-jan-15DeploymentPersian Gulf Armilla Patrol Departed Portland for Armilla Patrol duties with 815 NAS Lynx /420 embarked, in company with HMS Brave, HMS Brilliant and RFA Bayleaf (and joined later by HMS Manchester), to relieve HMS Gloucester, HMS Cardiff and HMS Brazen on station.
1991-feb-3Port VisitJebil Ali emergency port visit for engine change, completed 5 Feb
1991-julAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx ZD257 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c Jan 1993
1993-janAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx XZ227 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c May 1993
1993-mar-26Port Visit26-29 March Amsterdam, Netherlands embarked Lynx XZ227
1993-mayAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx XZ690 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c Jan 1994
1997Refitfor major refit, emerged Autumn 1998
1997-marDeploymentoff Durrës Operation Helvin ordered from Gibraltar area for Albanian coast to relieve HMS Birmingham, until 8 Apr.
1999-febAircraftLynx XZ694 as 815 NAS Exeter Flt by Feb 1999
2005-nov-21Port VisitGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta visit to Valletta, 815 Sq Lynx HMA.8 XZ692/363 embarked.
2006-nov-27Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth, on deployment
2007Refitat least Sea Dart removed, during alongside works.
2008-jan-11Port Visitmoored alongside Royal Victoria Dock in Docklands for the 10 day London Boat Show 2008
2008-may-26Port VisitTower Bridge Upper visited Pool of London alongside HMS Belfast and departed 29 May. Visit also arranged for launch of James Bond novel, Devil May Care.
2008-jun-20Port VisitSpiller's Wharf visited Tyneside, tied up alongside Spillars Wharf, Newcastle. Departed 23 Jun 2008.
2008-julStruckFareham Creek placed in extended readiness at HMNB Portsmouth
2009-may-27Decommissioned
2011-junFareham Creek by Jun 2011 was laid up in Fareham Creek
2011-sep-22Fate: scrappedAliaga Shipbreakers left Portsmouth Harbour under tow to Turkey (arrived 25 Oct), for scrapping - completed by 11 Apr 2012

Specifications    

    from Type 42 (Batch 1 and 2) class
3560light (tn)
4350full load (tn)
125length (m)
14beam (m)
5.80draught (m)
4000range (nm)
29max speed (knots)
50000power (shp)
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Olympus
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Tyne
2Naval Engine propulsion system: COGOG
1Missile Launcher Sea Dart
4Chaff and decoys Seagnat
1Naval Radar air search radar Type 965
2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 909
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 1006
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 996
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2050

Aircraft    

    Typical Max
Royal Navy Westland Lynx 11


The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

Builder    

Swan Hunter, Wallsend


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