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  • F104 HMS Dido

    UK Royal Navy

    1983 to 1995 - NZ Royal New Zealand Navy - Leander class F104 HMNZS Southland    

    1963 to 1983    


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    Flight Deck: DI
    Call Sign: GHWA
    Shipyard: Yarrow


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    History of UK F104 HMS Dido

    1958Orderedas Rothesay Class, HMS Hastings
    1959-feb-12Laid down
    1961-dec-22Launcheddelayed by poor visibility, by a day after the naming ceremony
    1969-may-16DeploymentFleet Review at Spithead
    1970-augDeploymentdeparted UK for Far East deployment, returned Aug 1971
    1970-aug-12AircraftAccident Lost ships flight Wasp HAS.1 XT789 in accident near Mull of Kintyre.
    1973-jun-8Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth as escort for HMS Tiger, Flagship for Far East group deployment of Task Group 317.1, in company with HMS Hermione and HMS Rhyl. The group was supported by RFA Regent and RFA Tidespring, until it returned to the UK on 21 Dec 1973.
    1975-julRefitIkara Commenced Ikara refit, completed 1978
    1979-may-8Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport in company with HMS Arrow. Joined up in English Channel with HMS Norfolk, Flagship of Task Group 317.8 for a 6.5 month Indian Ocean and Far East group deployment. Other units of the Portsmouth group were HMS Achilles, HMS Arethusa, HMS Falmouth, RFA Black Rover, RFA Olmeda and RFA Regent. Returned to Devonport on 14 Dec 1978.
    1981-aug-29Port VisitHMD Devonport Navy Days 1981 Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981

    History of NZ Leander class F104 HMNZS Southland

    1983RefitRefit at Vosper Thorneycroft for RNZN

    History of UK F104 HMS Dido

    1983-julFate: transferedex RN HMS Dido, to New Zealand as HMNZS Southland

    History of NZ Leander class F104 HMNZS Southland

    1986-oct-4Deployment Fleet Review: 75th anniversary of RAN Present at 75th anniversary of the RAN Fleet Review.
    1995-nov-5Fate: scrappedleft Auckland under tow for scrapping in Goa, India



        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



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 11

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK Yarrow, Scotstoun

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