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  • F238 HMS Northumberland

    UK Royal Navy

    1994 to present    

    F238 HMS Northumberland


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


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    History of UK F238 HMS Northumberland

    1991-apr-4Laid downSwan Hunter (Wallsend) at Wallsend, Yard No 136.
    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
    2003-febPort VisitVisited Marmaris, Turkey
    2004-augRefittowed array sonar Type 2087 until Aug 2005, at Babcock in Rosyth for Merlin handling equipment and updated sonar system.
    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.
    2016-mayRefitHMD 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-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.
    2020-sep-21DeploymentNorth Western Approaches JW 20-2 Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 Participated in Ex Joint Warrior 20-2 off NW Scotland
    2020-oct-16Port VisitLerwick Harbour alongside at Lerwick for weekend. Merlin ZH849 embarked during deployment, with c/s Red Claw.
    2020-dec-23DeploymentArctic deployment cut short, after COVID spread throughout the ship and returned to Devonport for isolation.
    2021-junDeploymentSt Ives Bay G7 G7 Summit 2021 Standing off Carbis Bay for G7 Maritime Security mission.
    2021-jun-10DeploymentSt 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..



        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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