F87 HMS Chatham

Royal Navy

1990 to 2011    

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Flight Deck: CM
Call Sign: GABL

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1986-may-12Laid down
1989-aprTrialsSea trials, c 10 days
1991-janAircraftallocated Sea King HAS.6 ZA167/131 of 826 NAS for Ships Flt until c Jan 1992
1992-oct-21DeploymentFirst RN Vessel to exercise with a Russian warship. Recovered a Ka-27 with a Russian VIP visitor to the ship.
1993-janAircraftallocated ex HMS Cornwall Sea King HAS.6 XV696/132 of 826 NAS for Ships Flt until c Jul 1993, when 819 NAS took on the parent role.
1993-julAircraftallocated 819 NAS Sea King HAS.6 XV696/699-PW for Ships Flt until c Aug 1994.
1997-junPort VisitVictoria Harbour arrived in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong to support the British Transfer of Sovereignty to China on 30 Jun.
2000-mayDeploymentFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser.
2002-sep-16Port VisitAugusta relieved by HMS Edinburgh from Standing Naval Force Mediterranean duty at Augusta (Sicily).
2003-jan-16Deployment Operation Telic to support combat operations in Iraq including Naval Gunfire Support, returned to the UK 7 Aug 2003.
2004-decDeploymentordered to east coast of Sri Lanka, with RFA Diligence, to assist in humanitarian operations following the tsunami, triggered by the Banda Aceh (Indonesia) earthquake of 26 Dec 2004.
2006-junDeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Assigned as APT(S) Jun to Sep 2006, relieved by HMS Edinburgh
2006-jun-1Port Visit Fleet Review: 50th Anniversary of Nigerian Navy joined celebrations for Golden Jubilee of Nigerian Navy, with RFA Gold Rover.
2007-jul-6Port VisitVlissingen, Netherlands for navy days 2007. For Michiel de Ruyter 400th anniversary.
2008-marDeploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for a 7 month anti-drugs and anti-piracy deployment to the Arabian Gulf, returning on 22 Oct 2008.
2010-jan-5Deploymentleft HMNB Devonport for a 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf, Horn of Africa and Somali Basin on anti-piracy patrols as part of Ocean Shield, returned 30 Jul 2010.
2010-octAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ698 as Chatham Flt/348-CM, until Dec 2010.
2011-jan-20Port Visitarrived in North Shields (Tyneside) for a 4 day farewell visit, prior to decommissioning.
2011-jan-26Port Visitreturned to HMNB Devonport for the last time, to pay off.
2011-feb-8Decommissionedat HMNB Devonport, in advance of her planned out of service date, following the Oct 2010 Defence Review. In 2004, planned decommissioning date had been 2018.
2013-aprFareham Creek by Apr 2013 was laid up in Fareham Creek
2013-jul-27Fate: scrappedAliaga Shipbreakers sold for scrap to Layal, Turkey. Departed Portsmouth under tow on 8 Oct 2013 and arrived Aliaga on 23 Oct 2013. Disposal complete by 12 Feb 2014.


    from Type 22 (Batch 3) Cornwall class
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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Royal Navy Westland Lynx 12
Royal Navy AW eh.101 01
Royal Navy Westland sea king 01

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