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  • F239 HMS Richmond

    UK Royal Navy




    1995 to present    


    F239 HMS Richmond

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    Flight Deck: RM
    Call Sign: GCOJ


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    History of UK F239 HMS Richmond

    1989-decOrdered
    1992-feb-6Laid down
    1993-apr-6Launched
    1995-jun-22Commissioned
    1998-decAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257 until c Oct 2001
    2002-augAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ725 until c Feb 2003
    2002-nov-20Port VisitTower Bridge Upper Visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast), until 26 Nov 2002.
    2003-janAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ722 until c Dec 2004
    2003-feb-10Deployment 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-julDeploymentDeployed for 5 months on Atlantic Patrol Task (North), which included support for Caribbean islands during their hurricane season, returning in Dec 2004.
    2005-marAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ729 until c May 2005.
    2005-julRefitReady for Merlin Began major refit at Fleet Support Ltd, Portsmouth, which included enhancements for Merlin operations. Accepted back into service 6 Sep 2006.
    2006-mayAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH828 as /474, until Nov 2008.
    2007-may-10DeploymentLeft 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 VisitHMNB Portsmouth Meet Your Navy 2008 At HMNB Portsmouth, 25-27 Jul for Meet Your Navy 2008
    2009-octAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH832 as /505, until c Aug 2010.
    2010-jul-3Port VisitBEZeebrugge Bruges Harbour Belgium Fleet Days 3+4 July participated with Fleet Days Zeebrugge Belgium. On board Merlin ZH832.
    2010-jul-6Port VisitTower 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-octAircraftassigned 829 NAS 05 Flight Merlin HM.1 ZH836 as /505
    2011-jan-5DeploymentLeft HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Far East, via Suez.
    2011-may-18Deployment IMDEX Asia 2011 Present for IMDEX Asia 2011 exhibition in Singapore
    2011-jul-28HomeportReturned to HMNB Portsmouth after 7 month Indian Ocean counter-piracy deployment.
    2011-oct-14Refitto 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 VisitWest India Dock (TQ) Thames Quay alongside in Docklands for 5 day visit to include Armed Forces Day weekend, departing 30 Jun.
    2013-aug-5DeploymentSouth 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 VisitJamestown arrived St Helena for 2 day visit
    2013-sep-27Port Visitoff King Edward Point Grytviken 3 day visit to South Georgia, whilst moored off Hope Point, departed 30 Sep.
    2013-dec-6Port VisitPort Stanley arrived Port Stanley for weekend visit which include commemoration of the 1914 Battle of the Falklands on 8 Dec.
    2014-jan-20Port VisitPABalboa Panama Canal visit to Balboa, prior to entering Panama canal from Pacific side, for journey back to UK
    2014-junDeploymentparticipated in Exercise Deep Blue with embarked Wildcat HMA.2
    2014-jun-5Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth in company with HMS Bulwark and smaller ships for Gold Beach and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day commemorations
    2015-mar-14DeploymentOperation 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-mayDeployment Combined Task Force 150 operating alongside CTF-150 flagship FS Var in Indian Ocean.
    2015-oct-25DeploymentLYLibyan 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-18DeploymentFleet 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.

    Specifications

       

        from Type 23 Duke class
    180crew
    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

    Aircraft

       

        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    

    Builder

       

    UK Swan Hunter, Wallsend



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