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  • F38 HMS Arethusa

    UK Royal Navy




    1965 to 1989    


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    Flight Deck: AR
    Call Sign: GKXA


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    History of UK F38 HMS Arethusa

    1962Ordered
    1962-sep-7Laid down
    1963-nov-5Launched
    1965-nov-24Commissioned
    1970-junAircraftassigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT437/426-AR as Ships Flt until loaned to HMS Danae c Apr 1976.
    1971-dec-11Deployment Indo-Pakistan war contingency stood off East Pakistan (before Bangladesh was formed) as escort to HMS Albion (R07), to support British nationals during the conflict
    1972-janDeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol in Mozambique Channel for sanctions enforcement, relieved by HMS Lowestoft.
    1973-octRefitIkara Commenced Ikara refit at HMD Portsmouth, completed Apr 1977
    1977-jun-25Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (3rd Frigate Squadron), off Gosport
    1977-julAircraftassigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT418/426-AR as Ships Flt until c Sep 1977.
    1977-novAircraftassigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT437/426-AR as Ships Flt until c May 1980.
    1979-may-8Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth as escort to HMS Norfolk, Flagship of Task Group 317.8 for 7 month Indian Ocean and Far East group deployment in company with HMS Achilles and HMS Falmouth, supported by RFA Black Rover, RFA Olmeda and RFA Regent. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Arrow and HMS Dido, returned to Portsmouth 14 Dec 1979.
    1981-janAircraftDetachment 022 Arethusa Flt detached to HMNLS De Ruyter until Mar 1981
    1985-mayRefitMM38 Exocet single launcher Ikara system (fitted by 1977) replaced by Exocet and Type 2031 towed sonar fitted by Feb 1986.
    1989-apr-4Decommissioned
    1991-jun-5Fate: sunksunk as Fleet target

    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 J Samuel White, East Cowes



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