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  • united kingdom HMD Chatham

    Chatham, Kent, England

    United Kingdom

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    1.9151 Medway Maritime helipad, England
    5.3197EGTO Rochester, England
    5.6209 Burham, England
    9.3052 Stoke, England
    11.7157 White Horse Wood, England
    12.8298GBTIL London Cruise Terminal, England

    1613 to 1984

    51° 23' 43'' N - 0° 31' 36'' E

    History of this Location

    In 1613, the dockyard moved downstream to its present site from the original 1547 location, further up the River Medway. A national catastrophe occurred in Spring 1667, when the Dutch under Admiral de Ruyter raided the Medway, burnt the fleet at anchor and captured the English flagship.

    During the early 18th Century the focus of British attention shifted from the North Sea to the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The result for Chatham was a change from Main Fleet Base to that of build and repair yard. Chatham was a leader in industrialising naval process towards the latter end of the century, with revolutions in wood cutting, ropemaking and the manufacture of paint.

    HMS Victory was built at Chatham between 1759 and 1765. When the Admiralty Board suspended building further sailing ships in 1849, Chatham was ready with steam powered warships.

    In Nov 1981, the UK Govt announced that Chatham would close and after supporting the Falklands campaign and some final refits - of which HMS Hermione Seawolf conversion was the last frigate work - the base closed on 31 Mar 1984.

    The site is now a tourist attraction as The Historic Dockyard and as well as the usual nauticalia, exhibits include the early steam/sail warship HMS Gannet, CA class destroyer HMS Cavalier (D73), Oberon class submarine HMS Ocelot (S17) and Dragonfly HR.5 WG751.

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    List of ships built at HMD Chatham

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    1951-jul-31UK A200 HMS Vidal Vidal class

    List of aircraft and events at HMD Chatham

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    1966-aug Ready for WaspRN Type 12 Rothesay class F126 HMS Plymouth
    1968-aug Ready for WaspRN Type 12 Rothesay class F106 HMS Brighton
    1969 RN Type 12 Rothesay class F108 HMS Londonderry
    1971-jul 1973-dec-15 RN Type 81 Tribal class F119 HMS Eskimo
    1973-may Navy DaysRN Type 81 Tribal class F119 HMS Eskimo
    1978 RN Endurance (1967) A171 HMS Endurance
    1980-jan RefitRN Seawolf Leander class F58 HMS Hermione
    1980-mar RN Type 81 Tribal class F133 HMS Tartar
    1999-aug Exhibit HR.3 WG751
    2019-sep-19 RN River (Batch 2) class P223 HMS Medway

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