F234 HMS Iron Duke

UK Royal Navy

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F234 HMS Iron Duke


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Call Sign: GCOB


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History of UK F234 HMS Iron Duke

1988-dec-12Laid down
1997-marTrialsBSAUTEC Heliport took part in Lynx HMA.8 Stingray torpedo trials at the AUTEC ranges. Iron Duke Flt ZF560/404-IR embarked.
1998-aug-28DeploymentHMNB Portsmouth International Festival of Sea Participated in IFoS 1998., Portsmouth, on board Lynx ZF560
2000DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Atlantic Patrol Task (South), deployed around Falkland Islands between Oct 2000 and Feb 2001, relieving HMS Argyll and herself relieved on station by HMS Glasgow. Returned to UK 23 Feb 2001.
2003-janDeploymentWest Indies Guard ship.
2004-sepDeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) 4 month deployment as Atlantic Patrol Ship (South). Operated around Falkland Islands between Sep 2004 and Dec 2004, relieving HMS Cardiff and herself relieved by HMS Gloucester. Returned to HMNB Devonport in Dec 2004.
2005-may-1AircraftLynx XZ690 assigned. Ships Flight airframe is known as The Duchess.
2007-febRefitReady for Merlin at Fleet Support Ltd in HMD Portsmouth for 10 month refit including conversion to Merlin operation and a new Chemical, Biological and Nuclear defence package, until Dec 2007
2008-junDeploymentto Caribbean for Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment, for counter-narcotics, maritime security and humanitarian relief (during the hurricane season)
2008-aug-31Deploymentdirected to assist in relief operations for Hurricane Gustav
2008-sepDeployment Hurricane Ike relief operations Sent for 5 day relief mission as part of British contribution, in company with RFA Wave Ruler.
2009-oct-30Port Visitto Fort Lauderdale, Fl for 5 day visit, towards end of Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment, departed 4 Nov.
2009-dec-14Deploymentreturned to UK after Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment
2011-jan-10Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf, relieving HMS Cumberland.
2011-jul-28HomeportReturned to HMNB Portsmouth following 7 month Gulf and Mediterranean deployment
2011-nov-4Port Visitvisit to Kingston-upon-Hull for long weekend, which included a Freedom of the City parade, departing 7 Nov.
2011-nov-7Deploymentas Fleet Ready Escort, maintaining security of UK waters.
2011-nov-25Port VisitJESt. Helier, Jersey Elizabeth Harbour arrived in Elizabeth Harbour, Jersey for 4 day visit
2011-decTrialsHosted first deck landing of Lynx Wildcat aboard a frigate, and conducted 3 days of basic small ship operations trials at Portsmouth.
2012-janTrials10 day small ship operation trials with Wildcat HMA.2 of 700(W) NAS.
2012-jan-11NEWS Wildcat begins sea trials with HMS Iron Duke
2012-febTrialsfurther 10 day small ship operation trials with Wildcat HMA.2 of 700(W) NAS.
2012-marRefitsurface and low level air search radar Type 997 entered an 11 month refit in Portsmouth, to include installation of the Type 997 ARTISAN surveillance radar (first Type 23 to receive this new 3D radar).
2013-jun-23Trialsdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for trials with Artisan 3D radar, after refit
2014-jun-20Deployment Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. Called at Jersey en route and departed 23 Jun. Relieved in S Atlantic by HMS Dragon. Returned to Portsmouth on 19 Dec.
2014-jul-4Port VisitESSanta Cruz de Tenerife short visit to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Isles, departed 7 Jul to continue her Atlantic deployment.
2014-augPort VisitNAWalvis Bay spent 4 days at Walvis Bay as guest of the Namibian Navy.
2014-aug-24Port VisitZACape Town Harbour with Lynx ZD565/404 at Cape Town, South Africa
2014-oct-8Port VisitGrytviken South Atlantic rendezvous with HMS Protector off Grytviken
2015-jun-5DeploymentPLGdynia BALTOPS 15 deployed to Baltic Sea for BALTOPS 2015.
2015-sep-13Port VisitRoyal Victoria Dock DSEI2015 To London in support of DSEI 2015 exhibition, departed 19 Sep.
2016-jan-11Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month deployment around Northern Europe and the Baltic, attached to NATO SMG1; returned to UK 7 Jul 2016.
2016-jan-28Port VisitRoyal Victoria Dock early morning arrival at Royal Docks in London with 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZF562 /404-IR embarked, departed 1 Feb
2016-feb-5Port VisitNLAmsterdam Harbour Vlothaven 05-09Feb16 port visit embarked Lynx ZF562/404-IR
2016-mar-3Deployment Cold Response 2016 In Norway for NATO exercise Cold Response 16
2016-may-19Port VisitLithuania visitng Lithuania with Lynx HMA.8 /404-IR embarked
2016-jun-02NEWS UKHMD Devonport HMS Ocean Departs for BALTOPS 2016
2017-jun-23Port VisitCruise Terminal Armed Forces Day 2017 In Liverpool for AFD celebrations. Ship Open to Visitors 24 Jun.
2017-aug-1DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Saxon Warrior 17 Exercise Saxon Warrior 17 participated in NATO exercise
2019-jan-15RefitHMD Devonport towed out of lay-up at Portsmouth, for Life Extension refit by Babcock in Devonport. Arrived Devonport under tow on 17 Jan.



    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



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

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