1963 to 1983    

F104 HMS Dido

UK Royal Navy

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

Flight Deck: DI
Call Sign: GHWA
Shipyard: Yarrow


History of UK HMS Dido F104

1958OrderedOrdered as Rothesay Class, HMS Hastings
1959-feb-12Laid downLaid down
1961-dec-22LaunchedLaunched delayed by poor visibility, by a day after the naming ceremony
1967-sep-10 Simons Town SANEX
1969-may-16DeploymentDeployment Fleet Review at Spithead
1970-augDeploymentDeployment departed UK for Far East deployment, returned Aug 1971
1970-aug-12AircraftAircraft Accident Lost ships flight Wasp HAS.1 XT789 in accident near Mull of Kintyre.
1973-jun-08DeploymentDeployment departed 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-julRefitRefit Ikara Commenced Ikara refit, completed 1978
1979-may-08DeploymentDeployment departed 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 VisitPort Visit HMD Devonport Navy Days 1981 Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981

History of Leander class NZ HMNZS Southland F104

1983RefitRefit Refit at Vosper Thorneycroft for RNZN

History of UK HMS Dido F104

1983-julFate: transferedFate: transfered ex RN HMS Dido, to New Zealand as HMNZS Southland

History of Leander class NZ HMNZS Southland F104

1986-oct-04DeploymentDeployment Fleet Review: 75th anniversary of RAN Present at 75th anniversary of the RAN Fleet Review.
1995-nov-05Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped left Auckland under tow for scrapping in Goa, India

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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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