1973 to 2020    

D23 HMS Bristol

UK Royal Navy

Flight Deck: BS
Call Sign: GYFE
Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Neptune)


History of UK HMS Bristol D23

1967-nov-15Laid downLaid down Swan Hunter (Neptune) Yard No. 2030
1979RefitRefit for flagship duties, completed 1980
1982-may-10DeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Portsmouth for South Atlantic as leader of Bristol Group, leaving theatre on 28 Aug 1982 after being relieved by HMS Illustrious.
1984RefitRefit air search radar Type 1022 replaced original Type 965 AKE Double Bedstead air search radar with newer Type 1022, repairs to boilers and removal of Ikara ASW equipment.
1987 into reserve to become Dartmouth Training Ship, replacing HMS Kent
1990-jan-15DeploymentDeployment Task Group 316.1 leading the Dartmouth Training Squadron, departed for a 6 month round the world Endeavour 90 training cruise, in company with HMS Ariadne and HMS Minerva. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 13 Jul.
1991HomeportHomeport HMS Excellent Harbour Training Ship Training Ship alongside HMS Excellent (see picture) at Whale Island, replacing HMS Kent. Original International Callsign GYFE changed to 2AIT7.
1991-mayDeploymentDeployment Final deployment to Baltic Sea before entering reserve
2010-novRefitRefit on Tyneside for training ship life extension. Included removal of mainmast.

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Type 82 Bristol class
6100light (tn)
7100full load (tn)
154.50length (m)
16.80beam (m)
7draught (m)
5000range (nm)
29max speed (knots)

2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Olympus
2Naval Engine propulsion system: COSAG
2Naval Engine steam turbines

2Missile Launcher Sea Dart

1Naval Gun Mark 8 4.5 inch (114mm)
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
1Torpedo Launchers Ikara
2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher

1Naval Radar air search radar Type 1022
2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 909
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 1006
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 992
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 162
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 184

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