F238 HMS Northumberland

UK Royal Navy

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F238 HMS Northumberland


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Flight Deck: NL
Call Sign: GCOH


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History of UK F238 HMS Northumberland

1991-apr-4Laid down
1996-marDeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Atlantic Patrol Task (South)
1996-sepAircraft815 Sq Lynx HMA.8 ZD265 as Northumberland Flt / 372-NL by Sep 1996 until c Mar 1998
2004-augRefituntil Aug 2005, at Babcock in Rosyth.
2008-sep-15Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for a 6 month Arabian Gulf (relieving HMS Montrose) and southern hemisphere maritime security mission, returning 24 Mar 2009.
2009-sep-5HomeportHMD Devonport Navy Days 2009 present for Navy Days 2009, with 829 NAS 04 Northumberland Flt Merlin HM.1 ZH858 aboard
2009-oct-5Deployment Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 participated in Ex JW 09-2, with 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH858 embarked
2012-oct-8Deploymentdeparted 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 VisitMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta Grand Harbour arrived at Pinto Wharf, Valletta, until 29 Apr.
2013-sep-7Port VisitWest India Dock (TQ) visit London for International Shipping Week, alongside at Canary Wharf until 12 Sep
2013-sep-13Port Visitalongside Whitehill Point, Tyneside until 16 Sep.
2013-oct-7DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2014-may-19DeploymentOperation 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-7DeploymentIMCMEX 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-18Deploymentcelebrated 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo by carrying a replica dispatch from Ostend to UK announcing Wellingtons victory.
2016-mayRefitCAMM (M) Sea Ceptor entered refit at Babcock, HMD Devonport for Life Extension.
2019-may-15DeploymentFleet 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-26DeploymentWESTLANT19 Operating with HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Dragon and RFA Tideforce during WESTLANT19, off US east coast.



    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

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