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.

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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

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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

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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
1959-oct-12Laid downUK F114 HMS Ajax originally as HMS Fowey. To be completed as a Leander class.
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
1961-nov-2Laid downUK F15 HMS Euryalus
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-sep-18CommissionedUK F104 HMS Dido
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-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
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 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-sepAircraftUK F10 HMS Aurora assigned Wasp HAS.1 XS540 as 829 NAS Aurora Flt/455-AU, until lost off Cape Point, S Africa 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.
1968-mayDeploymentUK F10 HMS Aurora Beira Patrol in Mozambique Channel, enforcing UN sanctions.
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
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-octRefitUK F114 HMS Ajax Ikara Commenced Ikara refit, completed 1973
1970-octDeploymentUK F39 HMS Naiad Beira Patrol off Mozambique Channel, enforcing UN sanctions.
1971-febAircraftUK F18 HMS Galatea assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT779 as /452 by Feb 1971 until c Aug 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.
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-mayAircraftUK F15 HMS Euryalus assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT782 as /433 by May 1976, until c May 1977.
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-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-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 ?)
1982DecommissionedUK F104 HMS Dido
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
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
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
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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