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  • UK Ikara Leander class

    UK Leander class
    Frigate
    ships



    1972    


    Frigate Ikara Leander class

    The Ikara (missile thrower) rocket-launched torpoedo system was originally intended to be fitted to Britains CVA-01 carrier and its Type 82 escorts - all of which bar HMS Bristol (Type 82) were cancelled. With 8 sets of Ikara launchers in storage, the Royal Navy brought forward plans to equip some of its successful Leander Class frigates in a mid life refit. Six refits carried out at Devonport Dockyard, 1 at Portsmouth Dockyard and 1 at Chatham Dockyard. Refits began in June 1970 (HMS Leander, see unit events) and the last (HMS Dido) re-entered service in 1978.

    Specifications

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    240crew
    109.70length (m)
    12.50beam (m)
    28max speed (knots)
    30000power (shp)
    1Torpedo Launchers Ikara
    1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
    1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 993

    Aircraft

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        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 11


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    Shipyards

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    UK Cammell Laird - 1
    UK Harland and Wolff - Belfast1
    UK J Samuel White - East Cowes1
    UK John Brown - Clydebank1
    UK Scott Lithgow (Greenock) - Greenock1
    UK Swan Hunter - Wallsend1
    UK Yarrow - Scotstoun2


    List of Ships

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    UKRoyal NavyF104HMS DidoGHWA - DI19631983
    Leander class NZ Royal New Zealand Navy F104 HMNZS Southland 19831995
    UKRoyal NavyF109HMS LeanderGHQW - LE19631986
    UKRoyal NavyF114HMS AjaxGHWL - AJ19631987
    UKRoyal NavyF10HMS AuroraGJLH - AU19641987
    UKRoyal NavyF15HMS EuryalusGJLW - EU19641989
    UKRoyal NavyF18HMS GalateaGJLU - GA19641986
    UKRoyal NavyF38HMS ArethusaGKXA - AR19651989
    UKRoyal NavyF39HMS NaiadGKYU - NA19651987

    8 units


    Events

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    0UK F15 HMS Euryalus
    1956OrderedUK F109 HMS Leander as Rothesay Class, HMS Weymouth
    1958OrderedUK F104 HMS Dido as Rothesay Class, HMS Hastings
    1959-feb-12Laid downUK F104 HMS Dido
    1959-apr-10Laid downUK F109 HMS Leander Yard No 1591.
    1959-oct-12Laid downUK F114 HMS Ajax originally as HMS Fowey. To be completed as a Leander class. Yard No. V.1285
    1961OrderedUK F10 HMS Aurora
    1961OrderedUK F15 HMS Euryalus
    1961OrderedUK F18 HMS Galatea
    1961-jun-1Laid downUK F10 HMS Aurora
    1961-jun-6LaunchedUK F109 HMS Leander (note: some commentators say 28 Jun 1961 was launch day)
    1961-nov-2Laid downUK F15 HMS Euryalus Yard No 691
    1961-dec-22LaunchedUK F104 HMS Dido delayed by poor visibility, by a day after the naming ceremony
    1961-dec-29Laid downUK F18 HMS Galatea Yard No. 1935
    1962OrderedUK F38 HMS Arethusa
    1962OrderedUK F39 HMS Naiad
    1962-aug-16LaunchedUK F114 HMS Ajax attended by Wessex HAS.1 XM923/989-D ferrying VIP to launch
    1962-sep-7Laid downUK F38 HMS Arethusa
    1962-oct-30Laid downUK F39 HMS Naiad
    1962-nov-28LaunchedUK F10 HMS Aurora
    1963-may-23LaunchedUK F18 HMS Galatea
    1963-jun-6LaunchedUK F15 HMS Euryalus
    1963-jun-23CommissionedUK F109 HMS Leander as Batch 1 Leander
    1963-sepAircraftUK F109 HMS Leander embarked 700W Flt Wasp HAS.1 XS533 / 995-CU for small ships flight trials, from time to time until c Jan 1964.
    1963-sep-18CommissionedUK F104 HMS Dido
    1963-octAircraftUK F109 HMS Leander embarked 700W Flt Wasp HAS.1 XS534 / 996-CU for small ships flight trials, from time to time until c Dec 1963.
    1963-nov-4LaunchedUK F39 HMS Naiad
    1963-nov-5LaunchedUK F38 HMS Arethusa
    1963-dec-11CommissionedUK F114 HMS Ajax
    1964-febAircraftUK F114 HMS Ajax assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS537/180-AJ as Ajax Flt, recoded /460-AJ before 1966.
    1964-marAircraftUK F109 HMS Leander assigned Wasp HAS.1 XS533 / 479-LE Leander Flt
    1964-apr-9CommissionedUK F10 HMS Aurora
    1964-apr-25CommissionedUK F18 HMS Galatea
    1964-may-26DeploymentUK F114 HMS Ajax to 1968 part of 24 Escort Group in the Far East
    1964-junAircraftUK F18 HMS Galatea assigned 700W Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS545 as /182-GA by Jun 1964. Became 829 Sq /452-GA by May 1965 until c Jul 1966
    1964-sep-16CommissionedUK F15 HMS Euryalus
    1965-febAircraftUK F39 HMS Naiad assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT417 as Naiad Flt/470-NA until Sep 1965
    1965-mar-15CommissionedUK F39 HMS Naiad
    1965-aprAircraftUK F15 HMS Euryalus assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XS562 as /433 by Apr 1965, until c Jul 1966.
    1965-sepAircraftUK F39 HMS Naiad assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT414 as Naiad Flt /470-NA until Jan 1967.
    1965-sep-17Port VisitUK F114 HMS Ajax visited Hong Kong until 24 Sep.
    1965-octRefitUK F114 HMS Ajax period of intensive maintenance alongside in Singapore until 6 Feb 1966.
    1965-nov-24CommissionedUK F38 HMS Arethusa
    1966-jan-3DeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander Began 8 week work-up from Portland, UK with 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XS571 / 476-LE embarked
    1966-mar-28DeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander sailed HMNB Portsmouth for a 10 month Far East deployment, leaving New Zealand on 28 Dec and arriving back at Portsmouth on 24 Jan 1967, where the Ships Flight (XS571 / 476-LE) disembarked to Portland.
    1966-apr-13DeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander ran gently aground outside Yanbu and refloated same day.
    1966-mayDeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander Beira Patrol c 20 day duty on Beira Patrol off Mozambique channel with HMS Mohawk.
    1966-jun-8DeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander Beira Patrol c 20 day duty on Beira Patrol off Mozambique channel, relieved by HMS Gurkha.
    1966-aug-27DeploymentUK F15 HMS Euryalus present at Plymouth Navy Days 1966
    1966-sepAircraftUK F10 HMS Aurora assigned Wasp HAS.1 XS540 as 829 NAS Aurora Flt/455-AU, until lost off Cape Point, S Africa after catastrophic in flight engine failure and fire on 17 Apr 1968.
    1966-octAircraftUK F18 HMS Galatea assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS566 as /452-GA by Oct 1966 until c Dec 1968
    1967-jan-2AircraftUK F39 HMS Naiad Ditched and sank in the Irish Sea 2 Jan 1967, due to fault in the fuel control quadrant.
    1967-aprAircraftUK F39 HMS Naiad assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT416 as Naiad Flt/470 until c Mar 1970
    1967-junDeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander departed Portland for West Indies deployment. Relieved HMS Mohawk on station as West Indies Guardship, returned to HMNB Portsmouth earlier than planned (on 18 Aug), after difficulties with her boilers.
    1967-novDeploymentUK F114 HMS Ajax part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
    1967-nov-5DeploymentUK F114 HMS Ajax recovered survivors from crash of 205 Squadron Shackleton MR2 WL786 on previous day from Indian Ocean, near Gan.
    1968-aprAircraftUK F10 HMS Aurora transferred 829 NAS Wasp XT434 in from HMS Gurkha to replace XS540. HMS Gurkha was heading back to the UK whilst HMS Aurora was preparing for a Beira Patrol and subsequent Far East deployment, until she returned to the UK in Nov 1969
    1968-mayDeploymentUK F10 HMS Aurora Beira Patrol in Mozambique Channel, enforcing UN sanctions.
    1968-mayAircraftUK F109 HMS Leander assigned Wasp HAS.1 XS529 / 476 as Leander Flt
    1969-marAircraftUK F18 HMS Galatea assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS545 as /452-GA by Mar 1969 until c Nov 1970
    1969-may-16DeploymentUK F104 HMS Dido Fleet Review at Spithead
    1969-julAircraftUK F15 HMS Euryalus assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XV630 as /433, until it ditched 14 Sep 1971
    1969-jul-11DeploymentUK F15 HMS Euryalus recommissioned and embarked on Far East and Australian deployment, returning via Cape Town to Devonport in Sep 1970.
    1970-mayAircraftUK F39 HMS Naiad assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS566 as Naiad Flt/470 until c Mar 1972
    1970-junRefitUK F109 HMS Leander Ikara Commenced Ikara refit, completed Dec 1972
    1970-junAircraftUK F38 HMS Arethusa assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT437/426-AR as Ships Flt until loaned to HMS Danae c Apr 1976.
    1970-jun-16DeploymentUK F15 HMS Euryalus assisted in recovering crew from RAN Wessex N7-219/829, when it ditched off Singapore
    1970-augDeploymentUK F104 HMS Dido departed UK for Far East deployment, returned Aug 1971
    1970-augDeploymentUK F39 HMS Naiad departed UK for Far East deployment, returned Aug 1971
    1970-aug-12AircraftUK F104 HMS Dido Lost ships flight Wasp HAS.1 XT789 in accident near Mull of Kintyre.
    1970-octRefitUK F114 HMS Ajax Ikara Commenced Ikara refit, completed 1973
    1970-octDeploymentUK F39 HMS Naiad Beira Patrol off Mozambique Channel, enforcing UN sanctions.
    1970-nov-2DeploymentUK F18 HMS Galatea Exercise Lime Jug departed Valletta on 29 Oct for Lime Jug, in company with HMS Ark Royal. ENDEX on 15 Nov.
    1971-febAircraftUK F18 HMS Galatea assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT779 as /452 by Feb 1971 until c Aug 1971
    1971-aug-28Port VisitUK F15 HMS Euryalus Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1971.
    1971-sepAircraftUK F15 HMS Euryalus assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT441 as /433, until Dec 1971.
    1971-octRefitUK F18 HMS Galatea Ikara Commenced Ikara refit, completed Sep 1974
    1971-dec-11DeploymentUK F38 HMS Arethusa Indo-Pakistan war contingency stood off East Pakistan (before Bangladesh was formed) as escort to HMS Albion (R07), to support British nationals during the conflict
    1972-janDeploymentUK F38 HMS Arethusa Beira Patrol in Mozambique Channel for sanctions enforcement, relieved by HMS Lowestoft.
    1972-janDeploymentUK F10 HMS Aurora Assigned to STANAVFORLANT until Jul 1972.
    1973-janRefitUK F39 HMS Naiad Ikara Commenced Ikara refit at HMD Devonport, completed Jul 1975
    1973-mayRefitUK F15 HMS Euryalus Ikara Commenced Ikara refit, completed Mar 1976
    1973-jun-8DeploymentUK F104 HMS Dido departed HMNB Portsmouth as escort for HMS Tiger, Flagship for Far East group deployment of Task Group 317.1, in company with HMS Hermione and HMS Rhyl. The group was supported by RFA Regent and RFA Tidespring, until it returned to the UK on 21 Dec 1973.
    1973-octRefitUK F38 HMS Arethusa Ikara Commenced Ikara refit at HMD Portsmouth, completed Apr 1977
    1974-augDeploymentUK F114 HMS Ajax Partition of Cyprus part of Task Force escort to Eastern Mediterranean during Cyprus emergency, to relieve HMS Devonshire (D02)
    1974-augAircraftUK F18 HMS Galatea assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT419 as /452-GA by Aug 1974 until c Dec 1974
    1974-sep-17DeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander departed HMNB Devonport to join Task Group 317.2 for Far East deployment, joining with HMS Achilles, HMS Diomede, HMS Falmouth, HMS Blake, HMS Lowestoft, RFA Green Rover, RFA Olna and RFA Stromness, returned Jun 1975.
    1974-oct-14Port VisitUK F109 HMS Leander Visited Simonstown en route Far East deployment, in company with other ships from Task Group 317.2, until 21 Oct.
    1974-decRefitUK F10 HMS Aurora Ikara Commenced Ikara refit at HMD Chatham, completed Feb 1976
    1974-decAircraftUK F18 HMS Galatea assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT443 as /461, (until c Apr 1977 ?)
    1975-feb-6DeploymentUK F114 HMS Ajax Ordered to Gibraltar to cover the absence (to Cyprus) of HMS Tiger, during the Separation of Cypriot states.
    1975-julRefitUK F104 HMS Dido Ikara Commenced Ikara refit, completed 1978
    1975-jul-22DeploymentUK F114 HMS Ajax departed UK as escort for HMS Glamorgan, flagship of global Task Group 317.3, accompanied by HMS Berwick, HMS Plymouth, HMS Rothesay. Support provided by RFA Gold Rover, RFA Tarbatness and RFA Tidespring. Returned 14 Apr 1976
    1975-augAircraftUK F39 HMS Naiad assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS562 as Naiad Flt/324 until c Aug 1977
    1976-jan-6DeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander whilst undertaking Fishery Protection duties during the Cod War, in collision with Icelandic vessel Thor.
    1976-apr-26AircraftUK F39 HMS Naiad Ships Flight Wasp XS562 / 324 conducted close manoeuvres around Icelandic patrol vessel Aegir while it was attempting cut trawling nets during 3rd Cod War.
    1976-mayAircraftUK F15 HMS Euryalus assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT782 as /433 by May 1976, until c May 1977.
    1976-may-22DeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander whilst undertaking Fishery Protection duties during the Cod War, in collision with Icelandic vessel Ver.
    1976-aug-28Port VisitUK F15 HMS Euryalus Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1976.
    1976-aug-28Port VisitUK F18 HMS Galatea Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1976.
    1976-aug-28Port VisitUK F39 HMS Naiad Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1976.
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUK F18 HMS Galatea Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (as Captain 1F), off Mother Bank
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUK F39 HMS Naiad Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (6th Frigate Squadron), off Browndown
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUK F38 HMS Arethusa Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (3rd Frigate Squadron), off Gosport
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUK F15 HMS Euryalus Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (7th Frigate Squadron), off Browndown
    1977-julAircraftUK F38 HMS Arethusa assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT418/426-AR as Ships Flt until c Sep 1977.
    1977-julAircraftUK F109 HMS Leander assigned Wasp HAS.1 XT787 / 476-LE as Leander Flt until at least Jul 1979
    1977-aug-27DeploymentUK F15 HMS Euryalus present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
    1977-aug-27DeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
    1977-aug-27DeploymentUK F114 HMS Ajax present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
    1977-novAircraftUK F38 HMS Arethusa assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT437/426-AR as Ships Flt until c May 1980.
    1978-janAircraftUK F15 HMS Euryalus assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT421 as /433-EU by c Jan 1978, until c Oct 1984.
    1978-may-31DeploymentUK F109 HMS Leander departed HMNB Devonport in company with HMS Ambuscade and HMS Hermione. 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 Devonport 2 Jan 1979.
    1979DeploymentUK F15 HMS Euryalus returned to HMNB Devonport on 3 Jul 1979, from deployment. Wasp HAS.1 XT421/433 embarked.
    1979-may-8DeploymentUK F38 HMS Arethusa departed HMNB Portsmouth as escort to HMS Norfolk, Flagship of Task Group 317.8 for 7 month Indian Ocean and Far East group deployment in company with HMS Achilles and HMS Falmouth, supported by RFA Black Rover, RFA Olmeda and RFA Regent. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Arrow and HMS Dido, returned to Portsmouth 14 Dec 1979.
    1979-may-8DeploymentUK F104 HMS Dido departed HMNB Devonport in company with HMS Arrow. 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-may-31AircraftUK F10 HMS Aurora loaned Ships Flight Wasp to HMS Hermes for a month
    1979-augAircraftUK F18 HMS Galatea assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT436 as /461 by Aug 1979 until c Mar 1980
    1979-octAircraftUK F39 HMS Naiad assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT782 as Naiad Flt/324 until c Apr 1987
    1980-aprAircraftUK F109 HMS Leander assigned Wasp HAS.1 XT434 until at least Nov 1980.
    1980-augDeploymentUK F39 HMS Naiad departed UK for a 7 month Far East deployment, returned Dec 1980.
    1980-sepRefitUK F114 HMS Ajax at Gibraltar, until recommissioned, late 1981
    1981-janAircraftUK F38 HMS Arethusa 022 Arethusa Flt detached to HMNLS De Ruyter until Mar 1981
    1981-junAircraftUK F10 HMS Aurora assigned 829Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT443 as /422 Aurora Flt, (until decommissioning ?)
    1981-aug-29Port VisitUK F114 HMS Ajax Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
    1981-aug-29Port VisitUK F39 HMS Naiad present at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
    1981-aug-29Port VisitUK F104 HMS Dido Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
    1981-aug-29Port VisitUK F10 HMS Aurora Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
    1981-sep-11Port VisitUK F39 HMS Naiad Weekend visit to Amsterdam
    1981-octAircraftUK F39 HMS Naiad Final week of Oct until 2nd week of Dec 1981 with Ships Flt Wasp (c/s Scrumpy) disembarked at RAF Gibraltar
    1982DecommissionedUK F104 HMS Dido
    1982-janRefitUK F39 HMS Naiad Mid Jan 1982 saw 10 weeks of repairs to Naiad port engine at Rosyth until 3 Apr. Ships Flt Wasp disembarked at Portland.
    1982-mayAircraftUK F18 HMS Galatea Wasp HAS.1 XS562 short assignment as 829 Sq / 360-GA to mid May 1982
    1982-junAircraftUK F18 HMS Galatea 829Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS529 assigned as /360-GA by Jun 1982, code change to /461-GA by Oct 1982 still Jan 1985
    1982-junPort VisitUK F39 HMS Naiad weekend visit to Le Havre towards end of Jun, in company with Whitby class (Type 12) frigate HMS Torquay (F43).
    1982-sep-1DeploymentUK F39 HMS Naiad to Naples for 5 day NAVOCFORMED preparations, including USS Estocin, Alpino and HS Themistocles
    1983RefitUK F39 HMS Naiad towed array sonar Type 2031 fitted with new sonar array, by 1984
    1983-julFate: transferedUK F104 HMS Dido ex RN HMS Dido, to New Zealand as HMNZS Southland
    1984-mayAircraftUK F109 HMS Leander assigned Wasp HAS.1 XT415 / 476-LE as Leander Flt. Still assigned by 1985.
    1985-mayRefitUK F38 HMS Arethusa MM38 Exocet single launcher Ikara system (fitted by 1977) replaced by Exocet and Type 2031 towed sonar fitted by Feb 1986.
    1985-junAircraftUK F15 HMS Euryalus assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT791 as /433 Jun 1985, until c Mar 1988.
    1986DecommissionedUK F109 HMS Leander
    1986DecommissionedUK F18 HMS Galatea
    1986-jul-6DeploymentUK F15 HMS Euryalus Departed Plymouth Sound with HMS Arrow, supported by RFA Orangeleaf for six month Falkland Islands Guardship deployment
    1986-aug-6Port VisitUK F15 HMS Euryalus Stopover at Ascension Island to redistribute and top up ships stores, with HMS Arrow and RFA Orangeleaf, en route South Atlantic.
    1987DecommissionedUK F114 HMS Ajax
    1987-apr-30DecommissionedUK F10 HMS Aurora
    1987-mayDecommissionedUK F39 HMS Naiad
    1988Fate: scrappedUK F114 HMS Ajax
    1988-junFate: sunkUK F18 HMS Galatea sunk as Fleet target in N Atlantic
    1989-apr-4DecommissionedUK F38 HMS Arethusa
    1989-may-31DecommissionedUK F15 HMS Euryalus
    1989-sepFate: sunkUK F109 HMS Leander expended as a target
    1990-sep-28Fate: sunkUK F39 HMS Naiad used as weapons effect trials ship
    1990-octFate: scrappedUK F10 HMS Aurora at Millom
    1991-jun-5Fate: sunkUK F38 HMS Arethusa sunk as Fleet target
    1993Fate: scrappedUK F15 HMS Euryalus at Millom






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