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  • F231 HMS Argyll

    UK Royal Navy

    1991 to present    


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    IMO: 8949599
    MMSI: 232453000
    Flight Deck: AY
    Call Sign: GACG
    Shipyard: Yarrow


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    History of UK F231 HMS Argyll

    1987-mar-20Laid downYard No 1035
    1993-marAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 ZD567 as /365-AY until 25 Mar 1994.
    1994-mar-25AircraftBS7nm E of Andros Is Accident Lynx HAS.3S ZD567 / 365-AY crashed and sank 7nm E of Andros Island.
    1995-decAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ230/365-AY until c Nov 1996.
    1996-may-24Deploymentrelieved HMS Brave on station in Caribbean as West Indies Guardship.
    1998-apr-4Port VisitNLAmsterdam Harbour Oostelijke Handelskade Apr98 STANAVFORMED embarked 815 NAS 208 Flt Lynx XZ722/365-AY
    2000DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Atlantic Patrol Task (South), deployed around Falkland Islands between Jul 2000 and Oct 2000, relieved by HMS Iron Duke.
    2000-mayDeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser.
    2002-junAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ722/365-AY by 1 Jun 2002, until c Nov 2002
    2005-febDeployment Operation Telic departed UK for 6 month maritime security deployment to Persian Gulf. Relieved HMS Marlborough in Mar 2005 as Operation Telic guardship with Task Group 330.01. Returned Aug 2005.
    2006-oct-11DeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) conduct of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
    2007-octDeploymentdeparted UK for 6 month deployment in Persian Gulf as part of CTF-150, returning Apr 2008
    2007-dec-6Port Visitshort visit to Doha, while on patrol in the Northern Arabian Gulf.
    2008-jul-19Port Visitvisited Liverpool for the 2008 Tall Ships event, with RFA Lyme Bay.
    2008-jul-25Port VisitHMNB Portsmouth Meet Your Navy 2008 At Portsmouth 25-27 Jul for Meet Your Navy 2008
    2008-oct-4DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
    2009-feb-16Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 2 month Mediterranean deployment as the Advanced Force Commander for Exercise Taurus 09, returning 17 Apr 2009.
    2009-apr-4Port Visittied up in Palma de Mallorca for a 5 day visit, during deployment on Operation Taurus 09.
    2009-oct-9RefitMk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch to Babcock at Rosyth for an 11 month refit, including the Seawolf mid life upgrade returning to HMNB Devonport on 30 Sep 2010.
    2010-novAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ691/365-AY until at least Jul 2011.
    2011-sep-28Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for Arabian Gulf operations, to relieve HMS St Albans and returned to Devonport on 30 Mar 2012, after being relieved on station by HMS Daring.
    2013-feb-18Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 7 month South Atlantic and Eastern Pacific deployment, included 815 NAS 211 Flight Lynx embarked. Relieved by HMS Richmond and returned to HMNB Devonport on 12 Sep 2013.
    2013-may-16Port VisitZASimon Town Naval Dockyard Simons Town arrived for two week mid-deployment maintenance, departed on 30 May.
    2013-aug-30Port VisitBMHamilton Harbour visit to Hamilton, Bermuda
    2013-oct-20Refitsurface and low level air search radar Type 997 in HMNB Devonport under maintenance, including installation of the Type 997 ARTISAN surveillance radar (second Type 23 to receive this new 3D radar).
    2014-jan-14Port VisitTower Bridge Upper arrived in Pool of London 14 Jan alongside HMS Belfast, for 5 day port visit. Depart 19 Jan.
    2014-mar-12Accident accidentally released a Stingray torpedo while tied up alongside in HMNB Devonport.
    2014-jun-20Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 6 month Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment. 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 /365-AY embarked. Returned to Devonport 18 Dec.
    2014-jul-4Port VisitBMHamilton Harbour short visit to Bermuda to update plans for disaster relief, with local authorities. Departed 7 Jul.
    2014-oct-6Port VisitKYGeorge Town HSB Delayed 4 day visit to Cayman Islands during Hurricane season support.
    2014-oct-11Port VisitDOSanto Domingo Don Diego Port visit to Santo Domingo for Defence engagement weekend with the Ship Open for Visitors on 12 Oct. Departed 14 Oct.
    2014-oct-18Port VisitBMHeritage Wharf returned to Bermuda to assist in the clearance operations following Hurricane Gonzalo.
    2014-nov-30Port VisitCUPort of Havana Visited Havana until 4 Dec, in anticipation of further thawing of relations with the West.
    2015-feb-17DeploymentFleet Ready Escort Took over escort of Russian Neustrashimy class warship Yaroslav Mudryy and supporting tanker Kola through English Channel from Marine Nationale.
    2015-mar-17DeploymentExercise Browndown Battle II Staff College Sea Days 2015 participated in SC Sea Days 2015
    2015-junRefitCAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Type 23 Life Extension Programme: replacement of Seawolf missile system with Sea Ceptor over 20 months, by Babcock at Devonport. Completed Feb 2017.
    2017Trialsselected as Trials Vessel for Sea Ceptor missle system
    2017-sep-9Port VisitRoyal Victoria Dock DSEI 2017 (pic2) at the Royal Docks for London International Shipping Week and the DSEI 2017 exhibition, joining HMS Mersey. Argyll had Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ375 embarked.
    2017-sep-11NEWS UKRoyal Victoria Dock Leonardo at DSEI 2017
    2018-jun-18Deployment815 NAS 208 Flt Departed HMNB Devonport for 9 month Far East and Pacific deployment, via the Gulf and Indian Ocean. 815 NAS 208 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ375 (c/s Highlander) embarked. Flight disembarked for Yeovilton 14 Mar 2019.
    2019-jan-11DeploymentIn company with USS McCampbell, undertook training exercise in South China Sea.
    2019-sep-7Port VisitBEHaven van Antwerpen To Antwerp for 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt.
    2019-sep-8Port VisitRoyal Victoria Dock DSEI 2019 At RVD for DSEI 2019 exhibition, with Wildcat ZZ531 ranged on deck. Departed afternoon of 15 Sep.
    2020-mar-10DeploymentDeparted HMNB Devonport for 6.5 month deployment, with 815 NAS 214 Flt Wildcat HM.2 ZZ414. Disembarked 214 Flt Wildcat on 22 Sep 2020 in English Channel for Yeovilton, via a refuel stop at Culdrose.
    2021-may Formidable Shield 2021
    2021-sep-11Port VisitRoyal Victoria Dock DSEI 2021 visiting the London Excel Centre for the biennial Defence and Security Exhibition



        from Type 23 Duke class
    3600light (tn)
    4200full load (tn)
    133length (m)
    16.10beam (m)
    5.50draught (m)
    7800range (nm)
    28max speed (knots)
    4Naval Engine diesel - Paxman Valenta 12CM
    2Naval Engine electric motors
    2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Spey
    2Naval Engine propulsion system: CODLAG
    2Missile Launcher Mk 141 quad Harpoon
    1Missile Launcher Sea Wolf
    2Naval Gun single 30 mm
    1Naval Gun Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch
    4Chaff and decoys Seagnat
    1Chaff and decoys towed decoy Type 182
    1Chaff and decoys towed decoy Type 2070 Talisman
    2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 911
    1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 1007
    1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 996
    1Sonar towed array sonar Type 2031
    1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2050



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy AW EH101 11
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 11
    UK Royal Navy AW AW159 Wildcat HMA2 10

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK Yarrow, Scotstoun

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