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  • F81 HMS Sutherland

    UK Royal Navy

    1997 to present    

    F81 HMS Sutherland


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


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    History of UK F81 HMS Sutherland

    1993-oct-14Laid downYard No 1045
    1996-mar-9Launchedaka The Fighting Clan.
    2000-sepPort VisitIsland visit Visit to Pitcairn Islands, in company with RFA Bayleaf (A109).
    2002-feb-6Aircraft815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 XZ694, air freight to join ship near Veracruz, until Apr 2002
    2002-feb-12Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for Atlantic Patrol Ship (North) deployment
    2002-marPort VisitMXPuerto de Veracruz week long visit to Veracruz, for the Port 100th anniversary celebration.
    2002-mar-27Port Visitanchored offshore for 1 day visit to Montserrat
    2003-jun-9Deployment Operation Telic to support post-combat and reconstruction operations in Iraq, completing 3 Dec 2003.
    2006Trialsconducted trials of ScanEagle reconnaissance UAV
    2006-nov-5DeploymentOMPort of Salalah Salalah relieved HMS Kent at Salalah, Oman on Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean mission
    2007-aprDeploymentIQShatt al-Arab platforms assumed role of Flagship of CTF 158 in the northern Persian Gulf
    2007-decRefitReady 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-5Port VisitHMD Devonport Navy Days 2009 present at Plymouth Navy Days 2009.
    2010-mayDeployment Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in Joint exercise in Western Atlantic, until Aug 2010.
    2010-jun-28Port VisitCABedford Basin Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax for MARLANT Fleet Review
    2010-novAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH863 as /501
    2011-apr-8DeploymentLYLibyan coast Gulf of Sirte Operation Unified Protector deployed from HMNB Devonport to Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf operations
    2011-oct-18Port VisitTower Bridge Upper visit to the Pool of London alongside HMS Belfast until 22 Oct.
    2011-oct-25Deployment Staff College Sea Days 2011 Demonstrated anti-submarine techniques in the Solent.
    2011-oct-25Aircraftnoted with 829NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH841/502 aboard, while departing HMNB Portsmouth.
    2012-jul-5DeploymentOperation 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-6Port VisitRoyal Victoria Dock DSEI 2013 visit to London for International Shipping Week, alongside at Excel Exhibition Centre until 15 Sep. Wildcat ZZ396 onboard
    2013-oct-7DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
    2013-oct-11Port VisitDEHamburg Port visited Hamburg, including Ship open to visitors, departed 14 Oct
    2013-oct-28Refitsurface 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-24Trialsdeparted HMNB Devonport for sea trials following an extensive multi-phase refit and life extension programme. Rejoined the Fleet on 25 Sep.
    2016-mar-3Deployment Cold Response 2016 In Norway for NATO exercise Cold Response 16
    2016-aug-26Port VisitIslands Regatta Shortly after tasking as Fleet Ready Escort, arrived off St Marys IoS as Guardship for Scilly Isles Regatta, departed 30 Aug
    2016-dec-5DeploymentFleet Ready Escort As FRE, escorted RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov through English Channel en route eastern Mediterranean
    2016-dec-16DeploymentFleet Ready Escort As FRE, escorted RFS Yaroslav Mudry through English Channel
    2017-jun-29Deploymentoff Dunbar joined Queen Elizabeth in the Firth of Forth, as escort, during her pre-Commissioning manufacturers trials.
    2017-oct-21Port VisitWest India Dock (TQ) visited West India Dock
    2018-jan-10Deploymentdeparted 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-10NEWS UKHMD Devonport Wildcat in First Deployment to Far East
    2018-feb-4Port VisitIODiego Garcia Port visited Diego Garcia
    2018-feb-23Port VisitAUOuter Harbor weekend visit to Adelaide, departed 26 Feb.
    2018-mar-9Port VisitAUHMAS Kuttabul Visited Sydney on 9 Mar, departed 16 Mar 2018
    2018-apr-12Port VisitJPYokosuka Naval Base Visited Yokosuka, until 26 Apr 2018
    2019-oct-13DeploymentOff 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-aprAircraft814 NAS Kingfisher Flt Merlin HM.2 (c/s Highlander) embarked.
    2020-sepDeploymentparticipated in Joint Exercise in high arctic with KNM Thor Heyerdahl, USS Ross and RFA Tidespring.
    2020-oct-23HomeportReturned to HMNB Devonport, to await a LIFEX Refit slot in the Babcock Frigate Complex.



        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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    UK Yarrow, Scotstoun

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