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  • F114 HMS Ajax

    UK Royal Navy




    1963 to 1987    



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    Flight Deck: AJ
    Call Sign: GHWL


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    History of UK F114 HMS Ajax

    1959-oct-12Laid downoriginally as HMS Fowey. To be completed as a Leander class. Yard No. V.1285
    1962-aug-16Launchedattended by Wessex HAS.1 XM923/989-D ferrying VIP to launch
    1963-dec-11Commissioned
    1964-febAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS537/180-AJ as Ajax Flt, recoded /460-AJ before 1966.
    1964-may-26Deploymentto 1968 part of 24 Escort Group in the Far East
    1965-sep-17Port Visitvisited Hong Kong until 24 Sep.
    1965-octRefitperiod of intensive maintenance alongside in Singapore until 6 Feb 1966.
    1967-novDeploymentpart of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
    1967-nov-5DeploymentGan recovered survivors from crash of 205 Squadron Shackleton MR2 WL786 on previous day from Indian Ocean, near Gan.
    1968-aprAjax 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-janFollowing 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-mayFollowing 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-octRefitIkara Commenced Ikara refit, completed 1973
    1974-augDeploymentCYAkrotiri Bay Partition of Cyprus part of Task Force escort to Eastern Mediterranean during Cyprus emergency, to relieve HMS Devonshire (D02)
    1975-feb-6DeploymentOrdered to Gibraltar to cover the absence (to Cyprus) of HMS Tiger, during the Separation of Cypriot states.
    1975-jul-22Deploymentdeparted 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-27DeploymentHMD Devonport Navy Days 1977 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
    1980-sepRefitGIGibraltar Harbour at Gibraltar, until recommissioned, late 1981
    1981-aug-29Port VisitHMD Devonport Navy Days 1981 Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
    1987Decommissioned
    1988Fate: scrapped

    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 Cammell Laird,



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