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F238 HMS Northumberland

UK Royal Navy

F238 HMS Northumberland

IMO: 8949666
MMSI: 234621000
Flight Deck: NL
Call Sign: GCOH
Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Wallsend)


History of UK HMS Northumberland F238

1991-apr-04Laid downLaid down Swan Hunter (Wallsend) at Wallsend, Yard No 136.
1996-marDeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Atlantic Patrol Task (South)
1996-sepAircraftAircraft 815 Sq Lynx HMA.8 ZD265 as Northumberland Flt / 372-NL by Sep 1996 until c Mar 1998
2003-febPort VisitPort Visit Visited Marmaris, Turkey
2004-augRefitRefit towed array sonar Type 2087 until Aug 2005, at Babcock in Rosyth for Merlin handling equipment and updated sonar system.
2008-sep-15DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month Arabian Gulf (relieving HMS Montrose) and southern hemisphere maritime security mission, returning 24 Mar 2009.
2009-sep-05HomeportHomeport HMD Devonport Navy Days 2009 present for Navy Days 2009, with 829 NAS 04 Northumberland Flt Merlin HM.1 ZH858 aboard
2009-oct-05DeploymentDeployment Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 participated in Ex JW 09-2, with 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH858 embarked
2012-octDeploymentDeployment Corsican Lion 2012 escort for FS Charles de Gaulle, during Exercise Corsican Lion.
2012-oct-08DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for Cougar 12 deployment in the Mediterranean with 829 NAS 05 Flight Merlin, followed by maritime security operations in the Gulf, relieving HMS Sutherland. Relieved in turn by HMS Kent. Merlin disembarked to Culdrose and returned to HMNB Devonport on 10 May 2013.
2013-apr-25Port VisitPort Visit MT Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta Grand Harbour arrived at Pinto Wharf, Valletta, until 29 Apr.
2013-sep-07Port VisitPort Visit West India Dock (TQ) visit London for International Shipping Week, alongside at Canary Wharf until 12 Sep
2013-sep-13Port VisitPort Visit alongside Whitehill Point, Tyneside until 16 Sep.
2013-oct-07DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2014-may-19DeploymentDeployment Operation Kipion departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Horn of Africa maritime security deployment with 815 NAS 215 Flt embarked. Relieved HMS Somerset on station, on 30 Jun. Relieved by HMS Kent on station. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 5 Dec.
2014-nov-07DeploymentDeployment IMCMEX 2014 International Mine Counter Measures Exercise 2014 participated in major multi-national Gulf exercise, together with a number of UK warships and MCM vessels.
2015-jun-18DeploymentDeployment celebrated 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo by carrying a replica dispatch from Ostend to UK announcing Wellingtons victory.
2016-mayRefitRefit CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor entered refit at Babcock, HMD Devonport for Life Extension.
2016-mayRefitRefit HMD Devonport LIFEX Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until c May 2018, in preparation for her role in the Carrier Strike deployment, due May 2021.
2019-may-15DeploymentDeployment Fleet Ready Escort Ordered to escort Russian Udaloy class RFS Severomorsk northbound through English Channel on its returm from Mediterranean and Black Sea operations.
2019-sep-26DeploymentDeployment WESTLANT19 Operating with HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Dragon and RFA Tideforce during WESTLANT19, off US east coast.
2020-sep-21DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches JW 20-2 Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 Participated in Ex Joint Warrior 20-2 off NW Scotland
2020-oct-16Port VisitPort Visit Lerwick Harbour alongside at Lerwick for weekend. Merlin ZH849 embarked during deployment, with c/s Red Claw.
2020-dec-23DeploymentDeployment Arctic deployment cut short, after COVID spread throughout the ship and returned to Devonport for isolation.
2021-junDeploymentDeployment St Ives Bay G7 G7 Summit 2021 Standing off Carbis Bay for G7 Maritime Security mission.
2021-jun-10DeploymentDeployment St Ives Bay G7 G7 Summit 2021 operating off north Cornish Coast providing maritime security for the G7 summit, with Merlin HM.2 ZH842 embarked as Red Claw 1..

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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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