1963 to 1987    

F114 HMS Ajax

UK Royal Navy

Flight Deck: AJ
Call Sign: GHWL
Shipyard: Cammell Laird


History of UK HMS Ajax F114

1959-oct-12Laid downLaid down originally as HMS Fowey. To be completed as a Leander class. Yard No. V.1285
1962-aug-16LaunchedLaunched attended by Wessex HAS.1 XM923/989-D ferrying VIP to launch
1964-febAircraftAircraft assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS537/180-AJ as Ajax Flt, recoded /460-AJ before 1966.
1964-may-26DeploymentDeployment to 1968 part of 24 Escort Group in the Far East
1965-sep-17Port VisitPort Visit visited Hong Kong until 24 Sep.
1965-octRefitRefit SG Sembawang naval base period of intensive maintenance alongside in Singapore until 6 Feb 1966.
1967-novDeploymentDeployment part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
1967-nov-05DeploymentDeployment Gan recovered survivors from crash of 205 Squadron Shackleton MR2 WL786 on previous day from Indian Ocean, near Gan.
1968-apr Ajax commenced refit at Chatham Dockyard. Sailed for work-up at Portland in September. 16.12.68: Departed Portsmouth en-route to Far East Station. Called at Santa Cruz de Tenerife 22-24 December. On Christmas Day, was the only RN warship at sea.
1970-jan Following her return from the FES in September 69, Ajax spent time at Chatham before heading to Portsmouth for ammunitioning and a work-up period at Portland. She returned to Chatham in December for crew leave. In Jan 1970, she sailed for a 4-month period in the Med, calling at Gibraltar (Guard Ship), Tangiers (Morocco), Malta (Feb
1970-may Following her Med deployment, Ajax returned to Chatham in April for ships company leave. Between May and Sep she visited the following ports: Devonport, Port Talbot, Liverpool (in company with HMS Albion), Londonderry, Loch Melfort, Oban, Ullapool, Stornoway, Portree, Cape Wrath, Scapa Flow, Thurso, Dundee, Leith (Commonwealth Games. Also accompanied by HMS Lincoln), Hull, Kiel, Antwerp. Paid off at Chatham in September prior to her refit with Ikara.
1970-octRefitRefit HMD Devonport Ikara Commenced Ikara refit, completed 1973
1974-augDeploymentDeployment CY Akrotiri Bay Partition of Cyprus part of Task Force escort to Eastern Mediterranean during Cyprus emergency, to relieve HMS Devonshire (D02)
1975-feb-06DeploymentDeployment Ordered to Gibraltar to cover the absence (to Cyprus) of HMS Tiger, during the Separation of Cypriot states.
1975-jul-22DeploymentDeployment departed UK as escort for HMS Glamorgan, flagship of global Task Group 317.3, accompanied by HMS Berwick, HMS Plymouth, HMS Rothesay. Support provided by RFA Gold Rover, RFA Tarbatness and RFA Tidespring. Returned 14 Apr 1976
1977-aug-27DeploymentDeployment HMD Devonport Navy Days 1977 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
1980-sepRefitRefit GI Gibraltar Harbour at Gibraltar, until recommissioned, late 1981
1981-aug-29Port VisitPort Visit HMD Devonport Navy Days 1981 Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
1988Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped

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Ikara Leander class
109.70length (m)
12.50beam (m)
28max speed (knots)
30000power (shp)

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1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 993

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