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F83 HMS St Albans

UK Royal Navy

  • F83 HMS St Albans
  • F83 HMS St Albans

IMO: 8949721
MMSI: 234638000
Flight Deck: SB
Call Sign: GDIT
Shipyard: Yarrow


History of UK HMS St Albans F83

1999-apr-18Laid downLaid down Yard No 1053
2000-may-06LaunchedLaunched aka The Saint
2002-oct-27 struck by P&O ferry Pride of Portsmouth while St Albans moored at Fountain Lake Jetty, in Portsmouth Harbour.
2006-feb-13DeploymentDeployment Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month maritime security and anti-piracy deployment in the northern Gulf and Indian Ocean; returned to Portsmouth, via Beirut, on 18 Aug.
2006-jul-20DeploymentDeployment LB off Lebanon Operation Highbrow assisted in evacuating UK nationals from Beirut during the Israel - Lebanon conflict
2007-jan-05Port VisitPort Visit Ship Open to Visitors at the London Boat Show, until 15 Jan.
2007-mayRefitRefit Ready for Merlin towed array sonar Type 2087 until May 2008, at Babcock in Rosyth, which included conversion to operate the Merlin, the Seawolf mid life upgrade and a new Type 2087 towed array sonar.
2009-jan-19DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for 4 month maritime security deployment to the Mediterranean, returned 7 May.
2009-julAircraftAircraft assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH837 as /503, until Oct 2009 when she was damaged aboard HMCS Montreal.
2009-octAircraftAircraft assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH848 as /503, until c Aug 2010.
2010-feb-01DeploymentDeployment Departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month Arabian Gulf and Middle East deployment, returning in Aug 2010.
2011-jun-05DeploymentDeployment Departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 6 month anti-piracy and anti-narcotics deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean, relieving HMS Iron Duke, returning on 2 Dec 2011.
2011-octDeploymentDeployment Combined Task Force 150 assigned with CTF 150 in Middle East waters
2012-mar-17Port VisitPort Visit Tower Bridge Upper Pool of London (top) visit to the Pool of London with Merlin ZH863, beside HMS Belfast, until 22 Mar
2012-apr-14DeploymentDeployment North Channel Perisher cooperating with HMS Monmouth in searching for UK SSN HMS Tireless during Perisher command course.
2013-mar-10Port VisitPort Visit NL Amsterdam Harbour Oostelijke Handelskade (bot) at Amsterdam, embarked Merlin ZH841
2013-aprRefitRefit Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch at Portsmouth for 15 month refit including Kryten gun and Seawolf system update. Rejoined fleet on 1 Aug 2014.
2014-oct-07TrialsTrials working up with 829 NAS Merlin HM.2 for 3 days off south coast, after emerging from refit.
2014-nov-26Port VisitPort Visit Tower Bridge Upper Pool of London visit to the Pool of London with Merlin HM.2 ZH836 embarked, beside HMS Belfast, until 2 Dec.
2015-jul-07Port VisitPort Visit West India Dock (TQ) visit to London, with Ship Open to Visitors on 11 Jul. Due to depart on 15 Jul.
2015-nov-30DeploymentDeployment Operation Kipion Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month maritime security deployment to the Middle East and the Gulf as part of Operation Kipion. Merlin HM.2 of 829 NAS 01 Flt /88 and Scan Eagle UAV embarked. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 5 Aug 2016.
2015-dec-02NEWSPersian Gulf Royal Navy Merlin HM.2 First Gulf Deployment
2019-jul-14DeploymentDeployment FRE shadowed PLAN Xian through English Channel as she made her way to St Petersburg for the annual Navy Days.
2019-augRefitRefit HMD Devonport LIFEX CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until c 2022.

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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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