D90 HMS Southampton

Royal Navy

1981 to 2009    

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Flight Deck: SN
Call Sign: GVUK

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1976-oct-21Laid downas second Batch 2 Type 42
1981-may-26Aircraft815 Sq Southampton Flight formed at RNAS Portland.
1981-oct-31Commissionedalongside QE II Terminal, Southampton
1981-nov-16Aircraftembarkation of 815 Sq Southampton Flt with Lynx HAS.2 known as Monty
1982-jun-18DeploymentSouth Atlantic departed HMNB Portsmouth for South Atlantic, in company with HMS Birmingham, HMS Apollo, HMS Bacchante and RFA Olwen, to patrol the post-war Falklands TEZ, returning to Portsmouth 17 Oct.
1983-jan-19Port VisitHamburg Port visit to Hamburg for 6 days, until 24 Jan.
1983-apr-27DeploymentSouth Atlantic departed HMNB Portsmouth for South Atlantic to patrol the Falklands TEZ, returning to Portsmouth mid Sep.
1984Accident collided with a navigation buoy around the Shambles, off Portland, resulting in damage requiring alongside repairs.
1986-junAircraft202 Flt assigned Lynx ZD257 as 815 Sq/334-SN ships flt until c Apr 1988.
1988-sep-3DeploymentStraits of Hormuz (SN) Collision Armilla Patrol Armilla Patrol with Task Group 321.1 during Iran/Iraq war, escorting British shipping. In collision with mv Tor Bay in Straits of Hormuz, damaging both vessels. (Relieved on patrol by HMS Boxer).
1993-aug-31Aircraft229 Flt assigned Lynx XZ228 as 815 Sq/334-SN ships flt until c Nov 1994.
1995-janAircraft229 Flt assigned Lynx ZD257 again, as 815 Sq/334-SN ships flt until c Sep 1996.
1995-julDeploymentoff Plymouth, MS assisted in evacuation of Plymouth, Montserrat when Mount Soufriere began a series of eruptions.
1995-aug-19Deploymentoff Plymouth, MS Operation Harlech returned to Montserrat in response to further eruptions for a relief and evacuation mission.
1996-octAircraft229 Flt assigned Lynx XZ229 as 815 Sq/334-SN ships flt until c Jun 1997.
1998-janRefituntil May 1999 at Babcock, Rosyth.
2000DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Atlantic Patrol Task (South), deployed around Falkland Islands between Feb 2000 and May 2000, relieving HMS Somerset.
2005-junAircraft208 Flt assigned Lynx XZ694 as 815 Sq/334-SN ships flt until c Feb 2007.
2005-aug-21DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. Operated around Falkland Islands between Sep 2005 and Jan 2006, relieving HMS Portland. Returned via Caribbean.
2006-oct-11DeploymentFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) conduct of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2007-aprDeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for 8 month Atlantic Patrol Task (South) mission. On station from Jul until relieved by HMS Nottingham. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 14 Dec 2007.
2008-jul-31Struckinto extended readiness at HMNB Portsmouth
2011-junFareham Creek by Jun 2011 was laid up in Fareham Creek
2011-oct-14Fate: scrappedAliaga Shipbreakers left Portsmouth Harbour under tow to Turkey (arrived 2 Nov), for scrapping - completed by 13 Jan 2012


    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


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Vosper Thornycroft, Woolston

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