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  • F83 HMS St Albans

    UK Royal Navy

    2002 to present    

    • F83 HMS St Albans
    • F83 HMS St Albans


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


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    History of UK F83 HMS St Albans

    1999-apr-18Laid downYard No 1053
    2000-may-6Launchedaka The Saint
    2002-oct-27struck by P&O ferry Pride of Portsmouth while St Albans moored at Fountain Lake Jetty, in Portsmouth Harbour.
    2006-feb-13DeploymentDeparted 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-20DeploymentLBoff Lebanon Operation Highbrow assisted in evacuating UK nationals from Beirut during the Israel - Lebanon conflict
    2007-jan-5Port VisitShip Open to Visitors at the London Boat Show, until 15 Jan.
    2007-mayRefitReady 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-19Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 4 month maritime security deployment to the Mediterranean, returned 7 May.
    2009-julAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH837 as /503, until Oct 2009 when she was damaged aboard HMCS Montreal.
    2009-octAircraftassigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH848 as /503, until c Aug 2010.
    2010-feb-1DeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month Arabian Gulf and Middle East deployment, returning in Aug 2010.
    2011-jun-5DeploymentDeparted 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-octDeployment Combined Task Force 150 assigned with CTF 150 in Middle East waters
    2012-mar-17Port VisitTower Bridge Upper Pool of London (top) visit to the Pool of London with Merlin ZH863, beside HMS Belfast, until 22 Mar
    2012-apr-14DeploymentNorth Channel Perisher cooperating with HMS Monmouth in searching for UK SSN HMS Tireless during Perisher command course.
    2013-mar-10Port VisitNLAmsterdam Harbour Oostelijke Handelskade (bot) at Amsterdam, embarked Merlin ZH841
    2013-aprRefitMk.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-7Trialsworking up with 829 NAS Merlin HM.2 for 3 days off south coast, after emerging from refit.
    2014-nov-26Port VisitTower 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-7Port VisitWest India Dock (TQ) visit to London, with Ship Open to Visitors on 11 Jul. Due to depart on 15 Jul.
    2015-nov-30DeploymentOperation 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-02NEWS Persian Gulf Royal Navy Merlin HM.2 First Gulf Deployment
    2019-jul-14DeploymentFRE shadowed PLAN Xian through English Channel as she made her way to St Petersburg for the annual Navy Days.
    2019-augRefitHMD Devonport LIFEX CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until c 2022.



        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



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    UK Royal Navy AW AW159 Wildcat HMA2 10

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    UK Yarrow, Scotstoun

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