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  • F109 HMS Leander

    UK Royal Navy




    1963 to 1986    


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    Flight Deck: LE
    Call Sign: GHQW


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    History of UK F109 HMS Leander

    1956Orderedas Rothesay Class, HMS Weymouth
    1959-apr-10Laid downYard No 1591.
    1961-jun-6Launched(note: some commentators say 28 Jun 1961 was launch day)
    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.
    1964-marAircraftassigned Wasp HAS.1 XS533 / 479-LE Leander Flt
    1966-jan-3DeploymentBegan 8 week work-up from Portland, UK with 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XS571 / 476-LE embarked
    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 (XS571 / 476-LE) disembarked to Portland.
    1966-apr-13DeploymentSAYanbu Airport Accident 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.
    1968-mayAircraftassigned Wasp HAS.1 XS529 / 476 as Leander Flt
    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-6DeploymentCollision whilst undertaking Fishery Protection duties during the Cod War, in collision with Icelandic vessel Thor.
    1976-may-22DeploymentCollision whilst undertaking Fishery Protection duties during the Cod War, in collision with Icelandic vessel Ver.
    1977-julAircraftassigned Wasp HAS.1 XT787 / 476-LE as Leander Flt until at least Jul 1979
    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.
    1980-aprAircraftassigned Wasp HAS.1 XT434 until at least Nov 1980.
    1984-mayAircraftassigned Wasp HAS.1 XT415 / 476-LE as Leander Flt. Still assigned by 1985.
    1986Decommissioned
    1989-sepFate: sunkexpended as a target

    Specifications

       

        from Ikara Leander class
    240crew
    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

    Aircraft

       

        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 11


    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

    Builder

       

    UK Harland and Wolff, Belfast



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