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F229 HMS Lancaster

UK Royal Navy

F229 HMS Lancaster

IMO: 8949604
MMSI: 234659000
Flight Deck: LA
Call Sign: GACH
Shipyard: Yarrow


History of UK HMS Lancaster F229

1987-dec-18Laid downLaid down Yard No 1036
1990-may-24LaunchedLaunched aka The Red Rose, aka The Queens Frigate
1992-may-01CommissionedCommissioned originally intended to be F232 but changed to F229
1994-jan Departed Devonport for West Indies Guardship duties.
1999RefitRefit Major, 12 month refit
2001-febPort VisitPort Visit to Kuwait City for 10th anniversary Liberation ceremonies (from 1991 Iraq invasion)
2001-aug-24Port VisitPort Visit HMNB Portsmouth IFoS 2001 International Festival of Sea 2001 Present at IFoS Portsmouth.
2003DeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. Operated around Falkland Islands between May 2003 and Nov 2003, relieving HMS Westminster and herself relieved by HMS Glasgow.
2006-feb-13DeploymentDeployment Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 5 month security deployment to the Red Sea, Gulf and Indian Ocean, initially operating with French Navy units led by FNS Charles de Gaulle and including FNS Cassard, FNS Montcalm and HMNLS De Zeven Provincien, supported by FNS Somme. Returned mid Jul 2006.
2008-jul-25DeploymentDeployment HMNB Portsmouth Meet Your Navy 2008 At Portsmouth 25-27 Jul for Meet Your Navy 2008
2008-sepDeploymentDeployment Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month Gulf and Middle East deployment, returned Feb 2009
2009-oct-22DeploymentDeployment Left HMNB Portsmouth with 815 NAS, 211 Flt Lynx embarked, for a 7 month Middle East deployment supporting CTF150 and CTF151, returning on 27 May 2010.
2010-octRefitRefit to BAE Systems at HMD Portsmouth for her 4th refit, of 16 months. Work included more efficient progress through the water, upgrades to weapons and computer systems, new shafts and upgrade to accommodation. Could not afford the towed array sonar Type 2087 upgrade.
2012-feb-02TrialsTrials Commencement of sea trials following 16 month refit, prior to returning to the Fleet.
2012-jul-06AircraftAircraft flying demonstration by Wildcat for South Korean Trade Delegation, off South Coast of UK. Only 2nd Type 23 to host a Wildcat (ZZ404, an Army AH.1 variant).
2013-feb-15Port VisitPort Visit Portland Harbour 3 day visit to Portland, alongside the deep water berth, until 17 Feb.
2013-mar-02Port VisitPort Visit West India Dock (TQ) visit to Canary Wharf for 5 days, depart 7 Mar
2013-mar-03AircraftAircraft 815NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257/300-LA embarked
2013-may-28DeploymentDeployment Atlantic Patrol Task (North) departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month humanitarian and anti-narcotic deployment to the Caribbean and North Atlantic. 815 NAS 202 Flt Lynx HMA.8 /300-LA assigned. Supported in theatre by RFA Wave Knight. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth 18 Dec.
2013-jun-20Port VisitPort Visit arrived in Grand Cayman for 4 day disaster preparedness visit
2013-aug-02Port VisitPort Visit JM Kingston Bay weekend visit to Kingston, Jamaica, until 5 Aug.
2013-sep-09Port VisitPort Visit CO Cartagena de Indias Harbour Cartagena de Indias Colombia for navy fair
2013-sep-23Port VisitPort Visit 4 day visit to Belize, including Independence Day celebrations, departed on 26 Sep. Lynx HMA.8 815 Sq/300 Spartan aboard.
2013-nov-01Port VisitPort Visit DO Santo Domingo 4 day visit to Dominican Republic
2014-mar-17TrialsTrials Merlin HM.2 initial trials with 829 NAS 01 Flight
2014-mar-17NEWS Merlin Mk2 initial trials on Type 23 frigate
2014-may-14Port VisitPort Visit DE Hamburg Port 825th Hamburg Hafengeburtstag visit to Hamburg for the 825th anniversary of the port and to join the Hafengeburtstag celebrations. Moored alongside FGS Hamburg.
2014-julDeploymentDeployment rendezvous with RFS Admiral Levchenko and shadowed her through English Channel, passing escort on to HMNLS Evertsen and HMNLS Freisland on 6 Jul.
2015-feb-26Port VisitPort Visit visited Liverpool for 4 days. Ship open to Visitors on Sat 28 Feb. Departed 1 Mar.
2015-mar-21DeploymentDeployment Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Atlantic mission, to relieve HMS Dragon. First UK vessel on operational deployment with Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ377 Voodoo (of 825 NAS 201 Flt) embarked. Supported by RFA Gold Rover from Jun to 8 Nov. Returned to Portsmouth 17 Dec.
2015-oct-04Port VisitPort Visit AO Lobito visited Lobito for 4 day visit, including joint training with US Marines and Angolan forces
2015-oct-23NEWSSHSaint Helena Wildcat in St Helena. First South Atlantic Deployment
2015-dec-06Port VisitPort Visit DZ Algiers visit to Algiers, departed 8 Dec.
2016-feb HMNB Portsmouth Extended Readiness into Extended Readiness, at Portsmouth
2017-marRefitRefit HMD Devonport CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor left HMNB Portsmouth under tow for HMD Devonport and a refit by Babcock, replacing Sea Wolf by Sea Ceptor and fitting the Artisan 3D radar, until Aug 2019.
2019-dec-16DeploymentDeployment To sea for training after an extended readiness period and refit.
2020-jan-20Port VisitPort Visit Portland Harbour Alongside at Portland.
2020-sepAircraftAircraft 815 NAS 209 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked.
2020-dec-06DeploymentDeployment HMNB Portsmouth returned to HMNB Portsmouth after deployment.
2021-marDeploymentDeployment departed Portsmouth as Flagship of JEF (with HMS Westminster and RFA Tiderace) for maritime security and freedom of navigation Baltic deployment with 815 NAS 209 Flt Wildcat embarked, returned 31 Mar.
2021-mayDeploymentDeployment Formidable Shield 2021
2022-aug-15DeploymentDeployment Operation Kipion departed Portsmouth for 3 year forward basing mission in the Middle East and Indian Ocean.
2022-nov-13DeploymentDeployment BH Mina Salman Port relieved HMS Montrose on station, as the long term Middle East frigate.

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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

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