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  • UK Type 21 Amazon class

    Frigate
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    1974    


    Frigate Type 21 Amazon class

    Specifications

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    170crew
    2750light (tn)
    3600full load (tn)
    117length (m)
    12.70beam (m)
    5.90draught (m)
    4000range (nm)
    34max speed (knots)
    50000power (shp)
    2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Olympus
    2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Tyne
    1Naval Engine propulsion system: COGOG
    4Missile Launcher MM38 Exocet single launcher
    1Missile Launcher Sea Cat
    1Naval Gun Mark 8 4.5 inch (114mm)
    2Naval Gun single 20 mm
    2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher
    1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
    2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 912
    1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 992
    1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 162
    1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 184

    Aircraft

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        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 11
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 11
    PK Pakistan Navy SNIA Alouette III 11

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    Shipyards

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    UK Vosper Thornycroft - Woolston3
    UK Yarrow - Scotstoun5


    List of Ships

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    UKRoyal NavyF169HMS AmazonGNID - AZ19741993
    PK Pakistan Navy D-182 PNS Babur 1993--
    UKRoyal NavyF170HMS AntelopeGPAD - AO19751982
    UKRoyal NavyF172HMS AmbuscadeGQIA - AB19751993
    PK Pakistan Navy D-181 PNS Tariq 1993--
    UKRoyal NavyF173HMS ArrowGQIB - AW19761994
    PK Pakistan Navy D-183 PNS Khaibar 1994--
    UKRoyal NavyF171HMS ActiveGPAE - AV19771994
    PK Pakistan Navy D-186 PNS Shahjahan 1994--
    UKRoyal NavyF174HMS AlacrityGQIC - AL19771994
    PK Pakistan Navy D-184 PNS Badr 1994--
    UKRoyal NavyF184HMS ArdentGDFV - AD19771982
    UKRoyal NavyF185HMS AvengerGCCH - AG19781994
    PK Pakistan Navy D-185 PNS Tippu Sultan 19942015

    8 units


    Events

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    1969-nov-6Laid downUK F169 HMS Amazon
    1970-may-11OrderedUK F170 HMS Antelope
    1971-mar-23Laid downUK F170 HMS Antelope
    1971-apr-26LaunchedUK F169 HMS Amazon
    1971-jul-23Laid downUK F171 HMS Active
    1971-sep-1Laid downUK F172 HMS Ambuscade Yard no. 1008
    1972-mar-16LaunchedUK F170 HMS Antelope
    1972-sep-28Laid downUK F173 HMS Arrow
    1972-nov-23LaunchedUK F171 HMS Active
    1973-jan-18LaunchedUK F172 HMS Ambuscade
    1973-mar-5Laid downUK F174 HMS Alacrity
    1974-feb-5LaunchedUK F173 HMS Arrow
    1974-feb-26Laid downUK F184 HMS Ardent
    1974-may-11CommissionedUK F169 HMS Amazon
    1974-sep-18LaunchedUK F174 HMS Alacrity
    1974-oct-30Laid downUK F185 HMS Avenger
    1975-may-9LaunchedUK F184 HMS Ardent
    1975-jul-19CommissionedUK F170 HMS Antelope at Southampton. Although part of the Class specification, Antelope was not fitted with Exocet.
    1975-jul-21HomeportUK F170 HMS Antelope arrived at HMNB Devonport
    1975-sep-5CommissionedUK F172 HMS Ambuscade
    1975-octAircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade allocated 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT428 as /323-AB Ambuscade Flt until Jan 1976
    1975-nov-20LaunchedUK F185 HMS Avenger
    1975-dec-11AircraftUK F170 HMS Antelope Ships Flight formed at RNAS Portland with 829 Squadron Wasp XT788/321.
    1976-marAircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade allocated 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT778 as /323 Ambuscade Flt until c Feb 1980
    1976-jul-29CommissionedUK F173 HMS Arrow on Wearside
    1976-aug-28Port VisitUK F170 HMS Antelope Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1976.
    1976-aug-28Port VisitUK F172 HMS Ambuscade present at Plymouth Navy Days 1976.
    1976-novRefitUK F172 HMS Ambuscade Repair period at Southampton, involving gearbox changeover, until Jan 1977.
    1977-mar-15DeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade deployed from UK to spend 6 month with NATO STANAVFORLANT, Baltic, North Sea and N Atlantic, returned to HMNB Devonport on 26 Sep.
    1977-jun-17CommissionedUK F171 HMS Active
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUK F174 HMS Alacrity Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (1st Frigate Squadron), off Peel Bank
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUK F173 HMS Arrow Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (3rd Frigate Squadron), off Gosport
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUK F169 HMS Amazon Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (4th Frigate Squadron), off Gosport
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUK F170 HMS Antelope Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (7th Frigate Squadron), off Browndown
    1977-jul-2CommissionedUK F174 HMS Alacrity
    1977-augAircraftUK F184 HMS Ardent assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XV632 as /340-AD to work up ready for ship commissioning. Until c Nov 1978, with period of temporary loan to HMS Phoebe.
    1977-aug-27DeploymentUK F173 HMS Arrow present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
    1977-aug-27DeploymentUK F169 HMS Amazon present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
    1977-aug-27DeploymentUK F174 HMS Alacrity present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
    1977-sep-5DeploymentUK F169 HMS Amazon Departed HMNB Devonport as part of Task Group 317.6 for 7.5 month Australia and Far East group deployment, led by HMS Tiger. Left in company with HMS Cleopatra, HMS Mohawk and HMS Zulu. Returned to Devonport on 20 Apr 1978.
    1977-octAircraftUK F171 HMS Active assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT779 as / 322-AV by Oct 1977, until 26 Jul 1984.
    1977-oct-13CommissionedUK F184 HMS Ardent
    1977-nov-25DeploymentUK F174 HMS Alacrity Operation Journeyman stood back from the Falklands in support of HMS Dreadnought, close in.
    1978-may-31DeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade departed HMNB Devonport in company with HMS Hermione and HMS Leander. Joined up in English Channel with HMS Blake, the Flagship of Task Group 317.7 for a 6.5 month Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific group deployment, escorted by HMS Juno and supported by RFA Green Rover, RFA Stromness and RFA Tidespring. Returned to UK 12 Dec 1978.
    1978-jul-19CommissionedUK F185 HMS Avenger
    1978-novAircraftUK F184 HMS Ardent assigned 702 Sq Lynx HAS.2 XZ244 as /340-AD, until Apr 1982
    1979-may-8DeploymentUK F173 HMS Arrow departed HMNB Devonport in company with HMS Dido. Joined up in English Channel with HMS Norfolk, Flagship of Task Group 317.8 for a 6.5 month Indian Ocean and Far East group deployment. Other units of the Portsmouth group were HMS Achilles, HMS Arethusa, HMS Falmouth, RFA Black Rover, RFA Olmeda and RFA Regent. Returned to Devonport on 14 Dec 1978.
    1979-sepDeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade departed UK for 3 month deployment as West Indies Guardship and returned to HMNB Devonport on 7 Dec.
    1979-novAircraftUK F170 HMS Antelope assigned 702 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ245 as /321-AO, until c Dec 1981
    1980-jan-27Port VisitUK F172 HMS Ambuscade 2 day visit to Oporto
    1980-marRefitUK F172 HMS Ambuscade Major refit at Devonport until c Jan 1981, to prepare for Lynx operation.
    1980-decDeploymentUK F184 HMS Ardent Armilla Patrol deployed to Middle East for Armilla Patrol, with HMS Apollo, supported by RFA Tidepool and RFA Fort Austin. Relieved on station by HMS Newcastle.
    1980-dec-15AircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade allocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ721 as /323-AB Ambuscade Flt until Apr 1982.
    1981-aug-29Port VisitUK F184 HMS Ardent Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
    1981-aug-29Port VisitUK F172 HMS Ambuscade Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
    1981-aug-29Port VisitUK F170 HMS Antelope Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
    1981-oct-19DeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade Armilla Patrol departed UK for Persian Gulf deployment and patrol, returned to HMNB Devonport on 26 Feb 1982
    1981-nov-23DeploymentUK F185 HMS Avenger sailed from HMNB Devonport for West Indies Guardship duty, with Lynx HAS.2 XZ250/341-AG Purdy embarked.
    1982-janAircraftUK F170 HMS Antelope assigned 815 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ691/321, until Apr 1982
    1982-feb-22DeploymentUK F169 HMS Amazon departed HMNB Devonport for 4 month Persian Gulf deployment; 815Sq Amazon Flt Lynx HAS.2 XZ735/320-AZ embarked.
    1982-marDeploymentUK F169 HMS Amazon Persian Gulf Patrol in company with RFA Olna and HMS Cardiff
    1982-aprAircraftUK F184 HMS Ardent assigned 815 Sq Lynx HAS.2 XZ251 as /340-AD and embarked at HMND Devonport on 19 Apr.
    1982-aprAircraftUK F185 HMS Avenger assigned 815 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ249 as /307 Apr 1982, then /341 by mid May 1982.
    1982-apr-2DeploymentUK F173 HMS Arrow Operation Corporate Ordered to South Atlantic from exercise, leaving theatre on 18 Jun 1982.
    1982-apr-5DeploymentUK F174 HMS Alacrity Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, leaving theatre on 6 Jun 1982.
    1982-apr-5DeploymentUK F170 HMS Antelope Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, initially as part of CV Battle Group. Damaged by air attack in San Carlos Water 23 May and sank after a bomb exploded during the defusing attempt on 24 May 1982.
    1982-apr-9DeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, leaving theatre on 7 Jul 1982.
    1982-apr-9AircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade allocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ696 as /323 Ambuscade Flt until 25 May 1982.
    1982-apr-19DeploymentUK F184 HMS Ardent Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic as part of Canberra Group.
    1982-may-10DeploymentUK F171 HMS Active Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, as part of Bristol Group.
    1982-may-10DeploymentUK F185 HMS Avenger Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, leaving theatre on 23 Aug 1982.
    1982-may-21DecommissionedUK F184 HMS Ardent
    1982-may-21Fate: sunkUK F184 HMS Ardent San Carlos Water, with tragic loss of life and Lynx HAS.2 XZ251/340-AD aboard
    1982-may-24DecommissionedUK F170 HMS Antelope
    1982-may-24Fate: sunkUK F170 HMS Antelope San Carlos Water, Falklands
    1982-may-25AircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade allocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ247 as /323 Ambuscade Flt until 30 Sep 1982.
    1982-aug-2DeploymentUK F169 HMS Amazon Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, escorting HMS Illustrious. Returned 19 Nov. Transit at least part way in company with HMS Battleaxe.
    1982-sep-30AircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade 815 Sq Ambuscade Flt Lynx HAS.2 XZ247 is lost after on-board fire, in the North Atlantic, off the Hebrides.
    1983-janAircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade allocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ725 from mid Jan as /323-AB Ambuscade Flt until Sep 1984.
    1983-mar-28DeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade departed HMNB Devonport for 4 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment, returned on 3 Aug.
    1983-apr-27DeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade collided with USS Dale (DLG-19) in the Gulf of Oman, sustaining serious damage to the forward section of the ship. Repaired in Bombay (Mumbai) from May until c 9 Jun.
    1983-may-4DeploymentUK F185 HMS Avenger Lynx XZ249/341-AG ditched in Gulf of Oman
    1983-may-24UK F170 HMS Antelope Deck name plate recovered from San Carlos Water and presented to the Regimental Headquaters of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers on 1st anniversary of her sinking.
    1984-jul-26AircraftUK F171 HMS Active Ships Flt Wasp HAS.1 XT779 damaged during heavy landing on RFA Black Rover during storm off Belize 26 Jul 1984.
    1984-octRefitUK F172 HMS Ambuscade MM38 Exocet single launcher Major refit to strengthen hull and add Exocet tubes, completed 1986
    1985AircraftUK F185 HMS Avenger assigned Lynx XZ697
    1985-augAircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade allocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 ZD259 from c Aug as 200 Ambuscade Flt /323 until c Nov 1990. 200 Flt transferred in from HMS Birmingham, which was going into refit.
    1986-marRefitUK F174 HMS Alacrity refit at HMD Devonport
    1986-octDeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade 5 month deployment as Falklands Guardship, returned UK on 20 Mar 1987
    1987-may-17DeploymentUK F171 HMS Active Armilla Patrol rendered assistance to USS Stark after it had been badly damaged by Exocet missile strikes.
    1988-apr-1DeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade departed UK for 4 month deployment as West Indies Guardship. Relieved on station by HMS Active and returned to UK 26 Aug.
    1988-aug-17DeploymentUK F171 HMS Active relieved HMS Ambuscade on station off Bermuda, as West Indies Guardship.
    1989-jul-28DeploymentUK F173 HMS Arrow present at Plymouth Navy Days 1989
    1989-jul-28DeploymentUK F174 HMS Alacrity present at Plymouth Navy Days 1989
    1989-jul-28DeploymentUK F185 HMS Avenger present at Plymouth Navy Days 1989
    1989-jul-28DeploymentUK F171 HMS Active present at Plymouth Navy Days 1989
    1989-novAircraftUK F171 HMS Active assigned 815 Sq Lynx HAS.3S ZD567 as / 322-AV by Nov 1989, until c Nov 1992.
    1990DeploymentUK F174 HMS Alacrity spent a period as Falklands Guardship
    1990-febDeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade 5 month deployment as Falklands Guardship, returned HMNB Devonport in Jul 1990
    1991-febAircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade allocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 XZ732 from mid Feb as /323 Ambuscade Flt until c Aug 1991.
    1991-marDeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade departed UK for 5 month deployment as West Indies Guardship. Relieved on station by HMS Arrow and returned to HMNB Devonport on 8 Aug.
    1991-augDeploymentUK F173 HMS Arrow relieved HMS Ambuscade on station off Bermuda, as West Indies Guardship.
    1991-decAircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade allocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 XZ697 from mid Dec as /323-AB Ambuscade Flt until early Dec 1992.
    1992DeploymentUK F174 HMS Alacrity until 1993 spent a period as West Indies guardship
    1992-junDeploymentUK F172 HMS Ambuscade departed HMNB Devonport for 6 month Falklands Guardship duty. Relieved on station by HMS Amazon returned to UK Dec 1992.
    1992-octDeploymentUK F169 HMS Amazon relieved HMS Ambuscade on station in South Atlantic, as Falklands Guardship.
    1993DeploymentUK F171 HMS Active West Indies Guardship, autumn 1993 to spring 1994.
    1993-janAircraftUK F172 HMS Ambuscade allocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3S ZF557 from mid Jan as /323 Ambuscade Flt until c Jun 1993.
    1993-jun-23AircraftUK F169 HMS Amazon with Lynx ZF562 on the way to Denmark
    1993-julDecommissionedUK F172 HMS Ambuscade
    1993-julFate: transferedUK F172 HMS Ambuscade to Pakistan as PNS Tariq (181)
    1993-jul-23CommissionedPK D-181 PNS Tariq ex UK RN HMS Ambuscade
    1993-sep-30Fate: transferedUK F169 HMS Amazon to Pakistan as PNS Babur (182)
    1993-sep-30CommissionedPK D-182 PNS Babur Arrived in Pakistan 8 Jan 1994
    1994DecommissionedUK F171 HMS Active
    1994DecommissionedUK F174 HMS Alacrity
    1994DecommissionedUK F185 HMS Avenger
    1994CommissionedPK D-186 PNS Shahjahan ex UK RN HMS Active
    1994CommissionedPK D-183 PNS Khaibar ex UK RN HMS Arrow
    1994CommissionedPK D-185 PNS Tippu Sultan ex UK RN HMS Avenger
    1994-mar-1Fate: transferedUK F173 HMS Arrow to Pakistan as PNS Khaibar (183)
    1994-mar-1Fate: transferedUK F174 HMS Alacrity to Pakistan as PNS Badr (184)
    1994-aprCommissionedPK D-184 PNS Badr ex UK RN HMS Alacrity. Arrived Karachi NB 26 Jun 1994.
    1994-sep-23Fate: transferedUK F171 HMS Active to Pakistan as PNS Shahjahan (186)
    1994-sep-23Fate: transferedUK F185 HMS Avenger to Pakistan as PNS Tippu Sultan (185)
    1998RefitPK D-182 PNS Babur air search radar DA08 modernisation refit by KESW until 2002, replaced air search radar and chaff countermeasures and augmented armament with 30mm guns.
    1998RefitPK D-184 PNS Badr air search radar DA08 modernisation refit by KESW until 2002, replaced air search radar and chaff countermeasures and augmented armament with 30mm guns.
    2005-jun-24DeploymentPK D-185 PNS Tippu Sultan Fleet Review: Trafalgar 200 Present at Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review, off Browndown anchorage
    2005-jul-1Port VisitPK D-185 PNS Tippu Sultan Present at International Festival of the Sea in Portsmouth with Alouette 3 36 aboard
    2011-jun-26Port VisitPK D-182 PNS Babur 2 day visit to Islamic Port of Jeddah, until 27 Jun.
    2014DecommissionedPK D-184 PNS Badr Decommissioned
    2015DecommissionedPK D-182 PNS Babur Decommissioned
    2020-aprFate: sunkPK D-185 PNS Tippu Sultan expended as target for Pakistani SS and AS missile tests, in Northern Arabian Sea.
    2020-apr-27PK D-185 PNS Tippu Sultan Sunk as a target






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