F85 HMS Cumberland

Royal Navy




1989 to 2011    


F85 HMS Cumberland

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Flight Deck: CL
Call Sign: GAAP


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1984-oct-12Laid down
1986-jun-21Launchedwas also known as The Fighting Sausage.
1989-mayAircraft829 Sq Lynx HAS.2 XZ256 assigned as Coventry Flt/350-CL, until c Dec 1991
1989-jun-10Commissioned
1990-apr-18DeploymentTask Group 318.1 departed Portsmouth for western North Atlantic deployment as part of TG 318.1, escorting HMS Ark Royal (flagship), HMS Glasgow and HMS Brave, supported by RFA Fort Grange and RFA Olna. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 28 Jun.
1990-octDeploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic deployment, relieving HMS Danae.
1990-dec-22DeploymentShe sailed to South Georgia just before Christmas arriving at Grytviken on 22 December. She sailed along the coast of South Georgia and returned to Grytviken on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day she hosted the soldiers of the South Georgia garrison aboard for Christmas Day lunch of venison. The stag had been shot the day before by a sniper from the garrison; part of the garrison s duties being to control the deer population on the Island.
1993Deploymentspent some of 1993 as West Indies Guardship
1998-sep-15Deploymentstood by off Albanian coast to support British nationals, until relieved by HMS London on 22 Sep.
1999-marAircrafton board Lynx XZ721
2005-aug-8DeploymentDeparted HMNB Devonport for a 4 month disaster relief and anti-drug Caribbean deployment.
2008-mar-15Port VisitSpiller's Wharf visited Tyneside, tied up alongside Spillar Wharf in Newcastle
2009-may-24Deploymentleft HMNB Devonport with 815 Sq 210 Flight Lynx ZD259 embarked, for a 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf on anti-piracy and asset protection mission, returning on 1 Dec 2009.
2009-decRefitUpdates to weapons systems and communications suite by Babcock at HMD Devonport.
2010-sep-30Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for five and a half month (planned) maritime security and anti-piracy deployment in Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean,returning on 16 Apr 2011.
2010-oct-31Deploymentrelieved HMS Somerset as the duty frigate in the Arabian Gulf
2010-dec-26Deploymentescorted FNS Charles de Gaulle carrier group through the Straits of Hormuz
2011-febDeploymentrelieved as Op Telic on-watch frigate by HMS Iron Duke in mid Feb 2011.
2011-feb-23DeploymentBenghazi Operation Deference departed Souda Bay and ordered to Benghazi, Libya to evacuate over 200 souls to Grand Harbour, Malta, arriving on 26 Feb 2011, prior to commencement of Operation Unified Protector
2011-mar-3Port Visitvisited Merseyside for the last time before decommissioning, departed 7 Mar.
2011-apr-16Port VisitReturned to HMNB Devonport for final time, prior to decommissioning.
2011-jun-23DecommissionedThe Fighting Sausage decommissioned at HMNB Devonport, in advance of her out of service date, following the Oct 2010 Defence Review. In 2004, planned decommissioning date had been 2017.
2012-feb-16ships hull towed from Devonport to Portsmouth Harbour, arriving 17 Feb, to be stripped before sale or scrapping
2013-aprFareham Creek by Apr 2013 was laid up in Fareham Creek
2013-jul-27Fate: scrappedAliaga Shipbreakers sold for scrap to Layal, Turkey and departed from Portsmouth on 4 Nov 2013, under tow and arrived Aliaga on 14 Nov. The last Type 22 frigate had been recycled/dismantled by 7 Apr 2014.

Specifications    

    from Type 22 (Batch 3) Cornwall class
250crew
4900full load (tn)
148.10length (m)
14.80beam (m)
6.40draught (m)
4500range (nm)
30max speed (knots)
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Spey
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Tyne
2Naval Engine propulsion system: COGAG
2Missile Launcher Mk 141 quad Harpoon
2Missile Launcher Sea Wolf
1Naval Gun Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch
4Chaff and decoys Seagnat
1Chaff and decoys towed decoy Type 182
2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 911
1Sonar towed array sonar Type 2031
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2050

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Builder    

Yarrow, Scotstoun


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