F109 HMS Leander

UK Royal Navy

1963 to 1986    


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Call Sign: GHQW


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History of UK F109 HMS Leander

1956Orderedas Rothesay Class, HMS Weymouth
1959-apr-10Laid down
1963-jun-23Commissionedas Batch 1 Leander
1963-sepAircraftembarked 700W Flt Wasp HAS.1 XS533 / 995-CU for small ships flight trials, from time to time until c Jan 1964.
1963-octAircraftembarked 700W Flt Wasp HAS.1 XS534 / 996-CU for small ships flight trials, from time to time until c Dec 1963.
1966-jan-3DeploymentBegan 8 week work-up from Portland, UK
1966-mar-28Deploymentsailed HMNB Portsmouth for a 10 month Far East deployment, leaving New Zealand on 28 Dec and arriving back at Portsmouth on 24 Jan 1967, where the Ships Flight disembarked to Portland.
1966-apr-13DeploymentSAYanbu ran gently aground outside Yanbu and refloated same day.
1966-mayDeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol c 20 day duty on Beira Patrol off Mozambique channel with HMS Mohawk.
1966-jun-8DeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol c 20 day duty on Beira Patrol off Mozambique channel, relieved by HMS Gurkha.
1967-junDeploymentdeparted Portland for West Indies deployment. Relieved HMS Mohawk on station as West Indies Guardship, returned to HMNB Portsmouth earlier than planned (on 18 Aug), after difficulties with her boilers.
1970-junRefitIkara Commenced Ikara refit, completed Dec 1972
1974-sep-17Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport to join Task Group 317.2 for Far East deployment, joining with HMS Achilles, HMS Diomede, HMS Falmouth, HMS Blake, HMS Lowestoft, RFA Green Rover, RFA Olna and RFA Stromness, returned Jun 1975.
1974-oct-14Port VisitVisited Simonstown en route Far East deployment, in company with other ships from Task Group 317.2, until 21 Oct.
1976-jan-6Deploymentwhilst undertaking Fishery Protection duties during the Cod War, in collision with Icelandic vessel Thor.
1977-aug-27DeploymentHMD Devonport Navy Days 1977 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
1978-may-31Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport in company with HMS Ambuscade and HMS Hermione. Joined up in English Channel with HMS Blake, the Flagship of Task Group 317.7 for a 6.5 month Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific group deployment, escorted by HMS Juno and supported by RFA Green Rover, RFA Stromness and RFA Tidespring. Returned to Devonport 2 Jan 1979.
1989-sepFate: sunkexpended as a target



    from Ikara Leander class
109.70length (m)
12.50beam (m)
28max speed (knots)
30000power (shp)
1Torpedo Launchers Ikara
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 993



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UK Harland and Wolff, Belfast

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