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F81 HMS Sutherland

UK Royal Navy

F81 HMS Sutherland

IMO: 8949707
MMSI: 234639000
Flight Deck: SU
Call Sign: GCOZ
Shipyard: Yarrow


History of UK HMS Sutherland F81

1993-oct-14Laid downLaid down Yard No 1045
1996-mar-09LaunchedLaunched aka The Fighting Clan.
2000-sepPort VisitPort Visit Island visit Visit to Pitcairn Islands, in company with RFA Bayleaf (A109).
2002-feb-06AircraftAircraft 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 XZ694, air freight to join ship near Veracruz, until Apr 2002
2002-feb-12DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for Atlantic Patrol Ship (North) deployment
2002-marPort VisitPort Visit MX Puerto de Veracruz week long visit to Veracruz, for the Port 100th anniversary celebration.
2002-mar-27Port VisitPort Visit anchored offshore for 1 day visit to Montserrat
2003-jun-09DeploymentDeployment Operation Telic to support post-combat and reconstruction operations in Iraq, completing 3 Dec 2003.
2006TrialsTrials conducted trials of ScanEagle reconnaissance UAV
2006-nov-05DeploymentDeployment OM Port of Salalah Salalah relieved HMS Kent at Salalah, Oman on Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean mission
2007-aprDeploymentDeployment IQ Shatt al-Arab platforms assumed role of Flagship of CTF 158 in the northern Persian Gulf
2007-decRefitRefit Ready for Merlin towed array sonar Type 2087 at Babcock Marine in Rosyth, until 14 Nov 2008 for extensive refit including Seawolf mid life upgrade and new Type 2087 towed array sonar.
2009-sep-05Port VisitPort Visit HMD Devonport Navy Days 2009 present at Plymouth Navy Days 2009.
2010-mayDeploymentDeployment Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in Joint exercise in Western Atlantic, until Aug 2010.
2010-jun-28Port VisitPort Visit CA Bedford Basin Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax for MARLANT Fleet Review
2010-novAircraftAircraft assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH863 as /501
2011-apr-08DeploymentDeployment LY Libyan coast Gulf of Sirte Operation Unified Protector deployed from HMNB Devonport to Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf operations
2011-oct-18Port VisitPort Visit Tower Bridge Upper visit to the Pool of London alongside HMS Belfast until 22 Oct.
2011-oct-25DeploymentDeployment Staff College Sea Days 2011 Demonstrated anti-submarine techniques in the Solent.
2011-oct-25AircraftAircraft noted with 829NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH841/502 aboard, while departing HMNB Portsmouth.
2012-jul-05DeploymentDeployment Operation Kipion Departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month maritime security deployment in the Indian Ocean with 829 NAS Merlin embarked, to relieve HMS Westminster. Relieved by HMS Northumberland and returned to HMNB Devonport on 15 Dec 2012.
2013-sep-06Port VisitPort Visit Royal Victoria Dock DSEI 2013 visit to London for International Shipping Week, alongside at Excel Exhibition Centre until 15 Sep. Wildcat ZZ396 onboard
2013-oct-07DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-11Port VisitPort Visit DE Hamburg Port visited Hamburg, including Ship open to visitors, departed 14 Oct
2013-oct-28RefitRefit surface and low level air search radar Type 997 commenced planned 11 month refit at HMD Devonport, to include a new command system and the Type 997 Artisan radar. After re-flooding the dry dock in May and emerging from the covered complex in early Oct 2014, completed refit in Mar 2015.
2015-mar-24TrialsTrials departed HMNB Devonport for sea trials following an extensive multi-phase refit and life extension programme. Rejoined the Fleet on 25 Sep.
2016-mar-03DeploymentDeployment Cold Response 2016 In Norway for NATO exercise Cold Response 16
2016-aug-26Port VisitPort Visit Islands Regatta Shortly after tasking as Fleet Ready Escort, arrived off St Marys IoS as Guardship for Scilly Isles Regatta, departed 30 Aug
2016-dec-05DeploymentDeployment Fleet Ready Escort As FRE, escorted RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov through English Channel en route eastern Mediterranean
2016-dec-16DeploymentDeployment Fleet Ready Escort As FRE, escorted RFS Yaroslav Mudry through English Channel
2017-jun-29DeploymentDeployment off Dunbar joined Queen Elizabeth in the Firth of Forth, as escort, during her pre-Commissioning manufacturers trials.
2017-oct-21Port VisitPort Visit West India Dock (TQ) visited West India Dock
2018-jan-10DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month deployment to Australia and the Far East, with 815 NAS 211 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ379 and J Coy 42 RM Commando, emabrked
2018-jan-10NEWSUKHMD Devonport Wildcat in First Deployment to Far East
2018-feb-04Port VisitPort Visit IO Diego Garcia Port visited Diego Garcia
2018-feb-23Port VisitPort Visit AU Outer Harbor weekend visit to Adelaide, departed 26 Feb.
2018-mar-09Port VisitPort Visit AU HMAS Kuttabul Visited Sydney on 9 Mar, departed 16 Mar 2018
2018-apr-12Port VisitPort Visit JP Yokosuka Naval Base Visited Yokosuka, until 26 Apr 2018
2019-oct-13DeploymentDeployment Off Cape Wrath JW19-2 Exercise Joint Warrior 19-2 13 Oct 2019 stood off Cape Wrath range to provide Naval Gunfire Support during JW19-2. Fired on targets directed by 148 Battery RA as forward observers.
2020-aprAircraftAircraft 814 NAS Kingfisher Flt Merlin HM.2 (c/s Highlander) embarked.
2020-sepDeploymentDeployment participated in Joint Exercise in high arctic with KNM Thor Heyerdahl, USS Ross and RFA Tidespring.
2020-oct-23HomeportHomeport Returned to HMNB Devonport, to await a LIFEX Refit slot in the Babcock Frigate Complex.
2024-mar-15RefitRefit HMD Devonport CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor released from dry-dock at Babcock in Devonport, following Sea Ceptor and engine upgrades during the long refit.

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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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