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  • F237 HMS Westminster

    UK Royal Navy

    1994 to present    

    F237 HMS Westminster


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    IMO: 8949654
    MMSI: 234641000
    Flight Deck: WM
    Call Sign: GCOK
    Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Wallsend)


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    History of UK F237 HMS Westminster

    1991-jan-18Laid downSwan Hunter (Wallsend) at Wallsend, Yard No 135, originally fitted with the less powerful Spey SM1A engines.
    1995-aug-9DeploymentMSoff Plymouth, MS Operation Harlech ordered to Montserrat in response to further eruptions for a relief and evacuation mission. Joined by HMS Southampton on 19 Aug.
    1998-marAircraftassigned newly converted Lynx HMA.8 XZ255 as 228 Flt / 462-WM, until c Sep 2001.
    2001-aug-24Port VisitHMNB Portsmouth IFoS 2001 International Festival of Sea 2001 Present at IFoS Portsmouth.
    2002DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed UK for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. Operated around Falkland Islands between Sep 2002 and Apr 2003, relieving HMS Newcastle and herself relieved by HMS Lancaster.
    2004Refittowed array sonar Type 2087 refit at HMD Rosyth to prepare for Merlin operations and undertake the first installation of the Type 2087 Sonar, rejoining the fleet on 27 Jan 2005.
    2004-junAircraftassigned 824 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH850 as /462-WM, until Oct 2004.
    2004-octAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH850 as /462-WM, until Apr 2006.
    2006-aprAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH857 as /415-WM, until Sep 2008.
    2006-novPort VisitSAJeddah Naval Base visited Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during return from a 6 month Far East deployment.
    2008-octAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH829 as /503, until Mar 2009.
    2008-nov-20Port VisitTower Bridge Upper Pool of London visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast), until 24 Nov. (See picture and note the Mk.8 Mod 0 gun at A turret, prior to 2009/2010 refit).
    2009-marAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH837 as /503, until Jul 2009.
    2009-mayRefitMk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch Entered HMD Devonport for refit until mid Mar 2010 with Babcock, to address Seawolf and its control system.
    2010-julAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH858 as /502, until Aug 2010.
    2010-augAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH841 as /502, until at least Jul 2011.
    2011-marDeploymentdeparted from London and ordered off Libya to assist evacuation of UK nationals and support UN Security Council Resolution 1973. Relieved HMS York on station on 4 Mar.
    2012-jan-23Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean deployment, relieving HMS Somerset and due to be relieved by HMS Sutherland. She returned to Portsmouth on 13 Aug 2012 while 829 NAS 02 Flt Merlin arrived back at RNAS Culdrose on 14 Aug.
    2013-mar-13Port VisitTower Bridge Upper Pool of London visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast), until 19 Mar. 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ691/462-WM ranged on deck.
    2013-aug-13Deployment Cougar 13 departed HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month deployment which included participation in Ex Cougar 13. 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 /415-WM embarked. Relieved HMS Kent in Indian Ocean during Oct 2013. Was relieved in turn by HMS Somerset on station on 11 Feb 2014 and returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 27 Feb, disembarking 815 NAS 234 Flight Lynx HMA.8 to Yeovilton.
    2014-sep-24Port VisitWest India Dock (TQ) Thames Quay visit to Docklands for Royal Navy Reserve open day on 27 Sep and Freedom of the City of Westminster parade on Sep 28. Departed 29 Sep.
    2014-novRefitHMD Portsmouth surface and low level air search radar Type 997 Type 23 Mid Life Upgrade: refit at HMD Portsmouth (15 Dock), including new Command Systems and Artisan 3D radar fit, by BAE Systems. Refloated 8 Oct 2015. Sea Wolf replaced by Sea Ceptor. Completed Jan 2017.
    2017-aug-1DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Saxon Warrior 17 Exercise Saxon Warrior 17 participated in NATO exercise
    2019-mar-31DeploymentKing George V Dock JW19-1 Exercise Joint Warrior 19-1 Part of NATO SNMG1, arrived in Glasgow, for JW19-1. Then proceeding to 6 month NATO Baltic deployment.
    2019-aug-3DeploymentFRE shadowed PLAN Xian through English Channel as she returned to China from St Petersburg Navy Days.
    2019-aug-5Port VisitWest India Dock (TQ) Thames Quay visted West India Dock until 8 Aug. Exercised Freedom of the City rights on 7 Aug.
    2020-mayAircraft814 NAS Tungsten Flt Merlin embarked.
    2021-octDeploymentspent a period in the North Atlantic on anti-submarine operations as the UK Towed-Array Patrol Ship (TAPS), with Kingfisher Flt of 814 NAS Merlin HM.2 embarked.
    2022-sep-7DeploymentEx Atlantic Thunder joined exercise to sink ex-USS Boone in North Atlantic, with two Harpoon missiles.



        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 Swan Hunter (Wallsend), Wallsend

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