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.
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-29DeploymentHMD Devonport Navy Days 1981 present 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


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Builder

   

UK Cammell Laird,



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