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F239 HMS Richmond

UK Royal Navy

F239 HMS Richmond

IMO: 8949678
MMSI: 234630000
Flight Deck: RM
Call Sign: GCOJ
Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Wallsend)


History of UK HMS Richmond F239

1992-feb-06Laid downLaid down Swan Hunter (Wallsend) at Wallsend, Yard No 137.
1994-nov-03 Swan Hunter (Wallsend) departed Tyneside, as the last warship built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd.
1998-decAircraftAircraft assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257 until c Oct 2001
2002-augAircraftAircraft assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ725 until c Feb 2003
2002-nov-20Port VisitPort Visit Tower Bridge Upper Visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast), until 26 Nov 2002.
2003-janAircraftAircraft assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ722 until c Dec 2004
2003-feb-10DeploymentDeployment Operation Telic Left HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf on the Armilla Patrol, returning 1 Aug 2003, having also provided Naval Gunfire Support during the second Gulf War Iraqi Freedom.
2004-julDeploymentDeployment Deployed for 5 months on Atlantic Patrol Task (North), which included support for Caribbean islands during their hurricane season, returning in Dec 2004.
2005-marAircraftAircraft assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ729 until c May 2005.
2005-julRefitRefit Ready for Merlin Began major refit at Fleet Support Ltd, Portsmouth, which included enhancements for Merlin operations. Accepted back into service 6 Sep 2006.
2006-mayAircraftAircraft assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH828 as /474, until Nov 2008.
2007-may-10DeploymentDeployment Left HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf (relieving HMS Cornwall on 17 Jul) as part of Combined Task Force 158, returning Dec 2007.
2008-jul-25Port VisitPort Visit HMNB Portsmouth Meet Your Navy 2008 At HMNB Portsmouth, 25-27 Jul for Meet Your Navy 2008
2009-octAircraftAircraft assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH832 as /505, until c Aug 2010.
2010-jul-03Port VisitPort Visit BE Zeebrugge Bruges Harbour Belgium Fleet Days 3+4 July participated with Fleet Days Zeebrugge Belgium. On board Merlin ZH832.
2010-jul-06Port VisitPort Visit Tower Bridge Upper Pool of London Visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast) carrying Merlin ZH832, to renew links with the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames until 12 Jul 2010.
2010-octAircraftAircraft assigned 829 NAS 05 Flight Merlin HM.1 ZH836 as /505
2011-jan-05DeploymentDeployment Left HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Far East, via Suez.
2011-may-18DeploymentDeployment SG Changi Exhibition Centre IMDEX Asia 2011 Present for IMDEX Asia 2011 exhibition in Singapore
2011-jul-28HomeportHomeport Returned to HMNB Portsmouth after 7 month Indian Ocean counter-piracy deployment.
2011-oct-14RefitRefit to HMD Devonport for a planned 10 month refit at Babcock, primarily for the Seawolf mid life update and completed in Jun 2012.
2013-jun-26Port VisitPort Visit West India Dock (TQ) Thames Quay alongside in Docklands for 5 day visit to include Armed Forces Day weekend, departing 30 Jun.
2013-aug-05DeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month assignment as Atlantic Patrol Task (South) with 815 NAS 206 Flt Lynx HMA.8 /474-RM assigned. Relieved HMS Argyll on station and after relief in turn by HMS Portland, returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 21 Feb 2014
2013-aug-29Port VisitPort Visit Jamestown arrived St Helena for 2 day visit
2013-sep-27Port VisitPort Visit off King Edward Point Grytviken 3 day visit to South Georgia, whilst moored off Hope Point, departed 30 Sep.
2013-dec-06Port VisitPort Visit Port Stanley arrived Port Stanley for weekend visit which include commemoration of the 1914 Battle of the Falklands on 8 Dec.
2014-jan-20Port VisitPort Visit PA Balboa Panama Canal visit to Balboa, prior to entering Panama canal from Pacific side, for journey back to UK
2014-junDeploymentDeployment participated in Exercise Deep Blue with embarked Wildcat HMA.2
2014-jun-05DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth in company with HMS Bulwark and smaller ships for Gold Beach and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day commemorations
2015-mar-14DeploymentDeployment Operation Kipion departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Middle East deployment, with 815 NAS 206 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked, to relieve HMS Kent. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 11 Dec.
2015-mayDeploymentDeployment Combined Task Force 150 operating alongside CTF-150 flagship FS Var in Indian Ocean.
2015-oct-25DeploymentDeployment LY Libyan coast Operation Sophia Operation Sophia Committed to Italian-led European Operation Sophia as second British Warship operating against people traffickers in the Mediterranean. Operating beyond Libyan territorial waters.
2016-oct-18DeploymentDeployment Fleet Ready Escort Deployed to escort RFS Admiral Kutnetzov and her task group from the Norwegian Sea, through the North Sea and English Channel on her way to the Mediterranean. Later joined by HMS Duncan.
2017-augRefitRefit HMD Devonport LIFEX CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until c Feb 2020, in preparation for her role in the Carrier Strike deployment, due May 2021.
2020-sepAircraftAircraft 815 NAS 202 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked.
2020-oct-25DeploymentDeployment Ordered to stand by to assist Police and the UK Border Force in containing and resolving an issue with stowaways aboard the 42,800 ton mv Nave Andromeda off SE of the Isle of Wight.
2021-apr-28NEWS UK Carrier Strike Group to Visit 40 Countries
2021-jun-29Port VisitPort Visit IL Haifa NB CSG21 visited Haifa as part of HMS Queen Elizabeth escort group deployment
2022-sep-07Port VisitPort Visit US North Locust Point Baltimore Fleet Week at the North Locust Point.
2023-jun-23Port VisitPort Visit Falmouth Docks Armed Forces Day entered Falmouth for Armed Forces Day celebrations.
2024-mar-18Port VisitPort Visit MT Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta visited Valletta, on way back to UK from Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

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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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