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  • UK Exocet Leander class

    UK Leander class
    Frigate
    ships



    1979    


    Units shown below are those which were not further modified from the initial Exocet fit (see Towed Array Exocet Leander). Conversions below to Exocet operation began with HMS Minerva in Dec 1975 and completed when HMS Penelope returned to service in 1981.

    Specifications

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    230crew
    4Missile Launcher MM38 Exocet single launcher




    Aircraft

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        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 11
    EC Ecuadorian Navy Bell 206 01

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

    Shipyards

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    UK HMD Devonport - Devonport1
    UK Vickers-Armstrong - High Walker2


    List of Ships

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    UKRoyal NavyF127HMS PenelopeGHWM - PN19631991
    EC Ecuadorian Navy FM01 BAE Presidente Eloy Alfaro 19912008
    UKRoyal NavyF45HMS MinervaGNZU - MV19661992
    UKRoyal NavyF47HMS DanaeGQDA - DN19671991
    EC Ecuadorian Navy FM02 BAE Morán Valverde 19912008



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    Events

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    1959OrderedUK F127 HMS Penelope as Type 61 Cathedral Class HMS Coventry
    1961-mar-14Laid downUK F127 HMS Penelope Yard No 165
    1962-aug-17LaunchedUK F127 HMS Penelope
    1963-jul-25Laid downUK F45 HMS Minerva Yard No 179
    1963-oct-31CommissionedUK F127 HMS Penelope with deck letters PE
    1964-jan-16AircraftUK F127 HMS Penelope assigned 700W Sq Wasp XS534/184-PE and transferred as XS534/454-PE when 829 Sq formed in Mar 1964, until Oct 1966
    1964-aug-1DeploymentUK F127 HMS Penelope present at Plymouth Navy Days 1964
    1964-dec-16Laid downUK F47 HMS Danae
    1964-dec-19LaunchedUK F45 HMS Minerva
    1965-augDeploymentUK F127 HMS Penelope present at Plymouth Navy Days 1965
    1965-oct-31LaunchedUK F47 HMS Danae
    1966-apr-15CommissionedUK F45 HMS Minerva known informally as the Mighty Min
    1966-aug-27UK F47 HMS Danae present at Plymouth Navy Days 1966
    1966-novRefitUK F127 HMS Penelope Sea Wolf refit for Seawolf trials
    1967-jun-23TrialsUK F127 HMS Penelope became Seawolf trials ship
    1967-sepAircraftUK F47 HMS Danae assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT415 as Danae Flt/464, until Sep 1969
    1967-sep-7CommissionedUK F47 HMS Danae
    1967-novDeploymentUK F45 HMS Minerva part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
    1967-decDeploymentUK F45 HMS Minerva Beira Patrol off Mozambique, for sanctions enforcement
    1968-sepAircraftUK F45 HMS Minerva assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT424 as Minerva Flt /424, until c Sep 1969
    1968-oct-18DeploymentUK F47 HMS Danae departed HMNB Devonport for 13 month Far East and Australasian deployment, returned 2 Oct 1969.
    1968-decDeploymentUK F47 HMS Danae Beira Patrol off Mozambique Channel, enforcing UN sanctions.
    1969-feb-28Port VisitUK F47 HMS Danae visit to Auckland, NZ, departed on 10 Mar
    1969-mar-19DeploymentUK F45 HMS Minerva Operation Sheepskin ordered to Anguilla, after collecting parts of 2 PARA flown from the UK to the Caribbean. Operated in company with HMS Rothesay.
    1969-aug-11DeploymentUK F47 HMS Danae Beira Patrol off Mozambique Channel, enforcing UN sanctions until 18 Aug.
    1969-sep-6AircraftUK F47 HMS Danae Wasp XT415/464 ditched after engine failure off Cape Town. Float bags deployed and airframe recovered. To Fleetlands by Oct 1969.
    1969-novAircraftUK F45 HMS Minerva assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT788 as /424-MV by Nov 1969 until c Aug 1975
    1969-nov-23Port VisitUK F47 HMS Danae 3 day visit to Hugh Town, Isles of Scilly, departed on 26 Nov.
    1970-feb-12Port VisitUK F47 HMS Danae visited Lisbon, until 16 Feb 1970
    1970-aug-29Port VisitUK F47 HMS Danae Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1970.
    1971-aug-28Port VisitUK F127 HMS Penelope Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1971.
    1972-marRefitUK F45 HMS Minerva at HMD Chatham, until Jul 1972
    1973-feb-12DeploymentUK F45 HMS Minerva departed HMNB Devonport for 6 month Caribbean deployment, returning to HMNB Portsmouth 28 Aug 1973.
    1973-mayAircraftUK F47 HMS Danae assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XS572 as Danae Flt/477, until c Apr 1977
    1974-janDeploymentUK F47 HMS Danae departed UK as escort to HMS Fife, Flagship of Task Group 317.1 for 9 month Indian Ocean and Australia group deployment in company with HMS Apollo, HMS Argonaut, HMS Ariadne and HMS Londonderry, supported by RFA Tarbatness. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 4 Oct.
    1975-decRefitUK F45 HMS Minerva MM38 Exocet single launcher Conversion to Exocet began at HMD Chatham, completed Mar 1979
    1976-aprAircraftUK F47 HMS Danae took Arethusa Flt Wasp HAS.1 XT437 on loan until May
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUK F47 HMS Danae Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (7th Frigate Squadron), off Browndown
    1977-augRefitUK F47 HMS Danae MM38 Exocet single launcher Conversion to Exocet began, completed 1980
    1977-aug-27UK F47 HMS Danae present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977, in refit
    1978-janRefitUK F127 HMS Penelope MM38 Exocet single launcher Conversion to Exocet and Lynx operations began, completed Jan 1981, deck letters PN
    1981-aug-29Port VisitUK F47 HMS Danae Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
    1982-janAircraftUK F127 HMS Penelope assigned 815 Sq Lynx HAS.2 XZ730 / 454-PN, until 3 Apr 1982, when it was transferred to HMS Minerva
    1982-apr-3AircraftUK F45 HMS Minerva transferred 815 Sq Lynx XZ730 in from HMS Penelope, via Hercules from Yeovilton and onward relay by RFA Fort Austin to the South Atlantic, although the transfer never materialised with XZ730 going to HMS Arrow on 17 Apr.
    1982-apr-24AircraftUK F127 HMS Penelope assigned 815 Sq Lynx HAS.2 XZ691 / (454) until c Jul 1982
    1982-may-10DeploymentUK F45 HMS Minerva Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic as part of Bristol Group. Relieved HMS Argonaut as Anti-Air Warfare Command. Relieved by HMS Penelope in Port William on 14 Jul, leaving theatre on 15 Jul.
    1982-may-10DeploymentUK F127 HMS Penelope Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic as part of Bristol Group, leaving theatre on 23 Aug 1982.
    1982-may-10AircraftUK F45 HMS Minerva Following the postponement of her planned refit in Apr, after a series of complex aircraft swaps, HMS Minerva 815 NAS 210 Flt eventually embarked Sea Skua equipped Lynx XZ698 (/424, but not worn ?) on 10 May.
    1982-augDeploymentUK F47 HMS Danae to South Atlantic, patrolling the Falklands and escort for HMS Illustrious, on station
    1982-nov-22DeploymentUK F45 HMS Minerva Struck HMS Yarmouth in stern, off Portland.
    1982-nov-29DeploymentUK F45 HMS Minerva assigned to 815 Squadron
    Deployed to South Atlantic from HMNB Devonport on 29 Nov, with Lynx HAS.2 XZ698 / 424-MV embarked. Returned 24 Mar 1983 and Lynx flown off to Portland on 25 Mar.
    1985DeploymentUK F47 HMS Danae to South Atlantic, patrolling the Falklands
    1985-julDeploymentUK F127 HMS Penelope Deployed to South Atlantic patrol with HMS Amazon. Visits to South Georgia and Falkland Islands ports. Nov 85: Relieved by HM ships Danae and Avenger. Visits to St Vincent and Antigua on return leg back to UK, arriving at Devonport just prior to Christmas 1985.
    1986-janUK F127 HMS Penelope into reserve, until Sep 1986
    1987UK F47 HMS Danae NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT). Included visits to Azores, Bermuda, Halifax (Canada), Baltimore
    1988DeploymentUK F127 HMS Penelope during Ex Teamwork 88, collided with HMCS Provider sustaining damage on port side
    1989-aug-28DeploymentUK F47 HMS Danae present at Plymouth Navy Days 1989
    1990-jan-15DeploymentUK F45 HMS Minerva departed for a 6 month round the world Endeavour 90 training cruise, escorting HMS Bristol (flagship) and in company with HMS Ariadne, as part of the Dartmouth Training Squadron. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 13 Jul.
    1990-julDeploymentUK F47 HMS Danae departed HMNB Devonport for 5 month South Atlantic deployment, returning Dec 1990 after being relieved by HMS Cumberland.
    1991DecommissionedUK F47 HMS Danae
    1991-aprFate: transferedUK F127 HMS Penelope to Ecuador as Presidente Eloy Alfaro
    1991-may-25Fate: transferedEC FM01 BAE Presidente Eloy Alfaro ex UK RN HMS Penelope (F127)
    1991-julFate: transferedUK F47 HMS Danae to Ecuador as Moran Valverde
    1991-julFate: transferedEC FM02 BAE Morán Valverde to Ecuador, ex UK RN HMS Danae (F47)
    1992-marDecommissionedUK F45 HMS Minerva
    1993Fate: scrappedUK F45 HMS Minerva
    2008-mar-19DecommissionedEC FM01 BAE Presidente Eloy Alfaro
    2008-oct-15DecommissionedEC FM02 BAE Morán Valverde






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