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  • A200 HMS Vidal

    UK Royal Navy

    1954 to 1972    


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    Flight Deck: VI
    Call Sign: MNMB
    Shipyard: HMD Chatham


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    History of UK A200 HMS Vidal

    1950-jul-5Laid down
    1951-jul-31LaunchedLast survey ship built at HMD Chatham
    1954-jul-10DeploymentJMKingston Bay Jamaica while operating in Kingston Bay, Jamaica, Vidal Flt Hiller HTE.1 XB520 settled gently into the water and sank. Airframe recovered but was w/o.
    1954-augAircraftShips Flight replaced with Hiller HTE.1 XB516, until c Oct 1957
    1954-oct-12DeploymentHTPort au Prince humanitarian support to Haiti, after the western part of the island was hit by Hurricane Hazel on 11 Oct.
    1955-sep-18DeploymentRockall To uninhabited North Atlantic island of Rockall to raise a Union Flag. Temp assigned Dragonfly HR.1 VZ965 as Ships Flt for the duty.
    1957-oct-31AircraftShips Flt (then with Dragonfly) administered by 701 Squadron.
    1958-febAircraftassigned 701 Sq V Flt Dragonfly HR.5 WP501 as /705 by Feb 1958, until 9 Dec 1959.
    1959-dec-9AircraftGLDavis Strait Accident assigned 701 Sq V Flt Dragonfly WP501/705 ditched on take-off and sank 9 Dec 1959 in Davis Strait, 60nm W of Greenland
    1960-febAircraftDragonfly WH991 allocated as 701 Sq V Flt in Feb 1960 but damaged on 9 Mar during transportation to ship, in Trinidad.
    1961-aug-14Aircraft701 V Flight reformed with Dragonfly WG671/969. With a short gap between May and Sep 1963, the Flt remained in commission with Dragonfly until Jul 1965
    1961-novDeploymentto British Honduras for post-Hurricane humanitarian support, with HMS Londonderry and HMS Troubridge.
    1963Deploymenttook part in Operation Navado.
    1964-sepPort Visitvisited Leningrad, for meeting between UK and USSR Chief Hydrographers.
    1966-may-22damaged during collision with freighter Hong Kong Fair in mid Atlantic
    1968-jan-1Aircraft829 Sq Vidal Flt reformed (with Wasp ex Hecla Flt) XT429/408-VI, until Mar 1970.
    1968-decDeploymentScheduled visit to Basra for Christmas met with uncooperative Iraqi forces. Rapid departure almost led to an International Incident.
    1970-apr-17DeploymentApollo 13 splashdown secondary Apollo 13 recovery Apollo XIII splashdown recovery to waters off Mauritius as standby for secondary splashdown site for Apollo XIII recovery
    1971-augDecommissionedPaid off Aug 1971, laid up Aug 1972
    1976-junFate: scrappedat Bruges



        from Vidal class
    1940light (tn)
    90.50length (m)
    12.20beam (m)



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Hiller UH-12B HTE-2 11
    UK Royal Navy Westland dragonfly 11
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 11

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK HMD Chatham, Chatham

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