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F79 HMS Portland

UK Royal Navy

IMO: 8949733
MMSI: 234627000
Flight Deck: PD
Call Sign: GDIS
Shipyard: Yarrow


History of UK HMS Portland F79

1998-jan-14Laid downLaid down Yard No 1052
2001-aprAircraftAircraft 815 Sqn, 229 Flt Lynx ZD265 assigned as /426-PD Portland Flt, until Dec 2004
2004-dec-08AircraftAircraft 12nm E of The Lizard Accident Lynx XZ724 during SAR by 815 NAS 229 Flt received report of man overboard from HMS Montrose, off the Lizard. Working with Sutherland Flt Lynx and 771NAS Sea King Rescue 193 on scene. This tragedy led to the inauguration of the Osprey Trophy in 2007 for excellence amongst front line Lynx units.
2005-febDeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Devonport for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment, for Task Group 326.02. Operated around Falkland Islands between Mar and Sep 2005, relieving HMS Gloucester and herself relieved by HMS Southampton.
2007-aug-21DeploymentDeployment KY George Town HSB APT(N) Stood off George Town to conduct damage assessment following Hurricane Dean, supported by RFA Wave Ruler.
2008-sepAircraftAircraft 815 Sq 206 Flt embarked with its Lynx.
2008-novDeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for 8 month maritime security mission in Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean, returning 3 Jul 2009.
2009-oct-05DeploymentDeployment Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 participated in Ex JW 09-2, with 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3GMS XZ229/426-PD embarked
2010-apr-13DeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Sailed from HMNB Devonport for a 7 month deployment to the South Atlantic. 815 Sq 206 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked. Relieved HMS York and in turn was relieved on station by HMS Gloucester.
2011-jul-01Port VisitPort Visit NL Den Helder Marinehaven (naval base) naval days 2011 (marinedagen) Den Helder, Netherlands. embarked Lynx ZF558
2012-janRefitRefit towed array sonar Type 2087 to Rosyth for 50 week refit at Babcock, including Type 2087 sonar installation and Sea Wolf mid-life upgrade, departed mid Dec 2012. Rejoined the Fleet on 7 Mar 2013 at HMNB Devonport.
2013-may-17Port VisitPort Visit visit to Portland and Weymouth, departed 20 May.
2013-aug-02DeploymentDeployment Assigned as Fleet Ready Escort in UK waters for 2 months.
2013-oct-07DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2014-jan-13DeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month South Atlantic and Caribbean deployment. Relieved HMS Richmond and returned 1 Aug.
2014-mar-24Port VisitPort Visit to Luanda, with Lynx HMA.8 /426 embarked
2015-jan-15Port VisitPort Visit Cruise Terminal visit to Liverpool Cruise Terminal until 18 Jan.
2015-mar-07Port VisitPort Visit Portland Harbour visited Portland, with Ship Open to Visitors on 8 Mar.
2015-may-26Port VisitPort Visit FO Kollafjørõur first RN vessel to visit Faroes Islands since HMS Brilliant in 1990
2015-sep-08Port VisitPort Visit Tower Bridge Upper LISW 2015 visit to London for International Shipping Week. Departed on 10 Sep.
2015-oct-03DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 15-2 participated in JW 15-2 off north west coast of Scotland
2015-oct-30Port VisitPort Visit Roath Basin weekend visit to Cardiff
2016-jun-20DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for 9 month maritime security deployment in Middle East and Atlantic. 815 NAS 208 Flt Lynx HMA.8 ZF557/426 embarked, which also performed last firing of a Sea Skua missile off NW Scotland, before they were decommissioned. Returned to Plymouth 10 Mar 2017.
2018-febRefitRefit HMD Devonport LIFEX CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until c Dec 2020. Also fitted with new UE S2150 bow sonar to replace the Type 2050 set.
2022-jun-13DeploymentDeployment Exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2022 participated in DYMO 2022.
2023-mar-12DeploymentDeployment ordered from Plymouth to escort Russian DDG Admiral Kasatonov and the auxiliary Akademik Pashin through the English Channel to the North Sea.

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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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