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  • F79 HMS Portland

    UK Royal Navy




    2001 to present    


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    Flight Deck: PD
    Call Sign: GDIS


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    History of UK F79 HMS Portland

    1996-febOrdered
    1998-jan-14Laid down
    1999-may-15Launched
    2001-aprAircraft815 Sqn, 229 Flt Lynx ZD265 assigned as /426-PD Portland Flt, until Dec 2004
    2001-may-3Commissioned
    2004-dec-8Aircraft12nm 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-febDeploymentSouth 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-21DeploymentKYGeorge Town HSB APT(N) Stood off George Town to conduct damage assessment following Hurricane Dean, supported by RFA Wave Ruler.
    2008-sepAircraft815 Sq 206 Flt embarked with its Lynx.
    2008-novDeploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 8 month maritime security mission in Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean, returning 3 Jul 2009.
    2009-oct-5Deployment Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 participated in Ex JW 09-2, with 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3GMS XZ229/426-PD embarked
    2010-apr-13DeploymentSouth 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-1Port VisitNLDen Helder Marinehaven (naval base) naval days 2011 (marinedagen) Den Helder, Netherlands. embarked Lynx ZF558
    2012-janRefittowed 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 Visitvisit to Portland and Weymouth, departed 20 May.
    2013-aug-2DeploymentAssigned as Fleet Ready Escort in UK waters for 2 months.
    2013-oct-7DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
    2014-jan-13DeploymentSouth 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 Visitto Luanda, with Lynx HMA.8 /426 embarked
    2015-jan-15Port VisitCruise Terminal visit to Liverpool Cruise Terminal until 18 Jan.
    2015-mar-7Port VisitPortland Harbour visited Portland, with Ship Open to Visitors on 8 Mar.
    2015-may-26Port VisitFOKollafjørõur first RN vessel to visit Faroes Islands since HMS Brilliant in 1990
    2015-sep-8Port VisitTower Bridge Upper LISW 2015 visit to London for International Shipping Week. Departed on 10 Sep.
    2015-oct-3DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 15-2 participated in JW 15-2 off north west coast of Scotland
    2015-oct-30Port VisitRoath Basin weekend visit to Cardiff
    2016-jun-20Deploymentdeparted 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-febRefitHMD 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.

    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 Yarrow, Scotstoun



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