1966 to 1992    

F45 HMS Minerva

UK Royal Navy

Flight Deck: MV
Call Sign: GNZU
Shipyard: Vickers-Armstrong


History of UK HMS Minerva F45

1963-jul-25Laid downLaid down Vickers-Armstrong Yard No 179
1966-apr-15CommissionedCommissioned known informally as the Mighty Min
1967-novDeploymentDeployment part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
1967-decDeploymentDeployment Mozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol off Mozambique, for sanctions enforcement
1968-sepAircraftAircraft assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT424 as Minerva Flt /424, until c Sep 1969
1969-mar-19DeploymentDeployment Operation Sheepskin ordered to Anguilla, after collecting parts of 2 PARA flown from the UK to the Caribbean. Operated in company with HMS Rothesay.
1969-novAircraftAircraft assigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT788 as /424-MV by Nov 1969 until c Aug 1975
1972-marRefitRefit at HMD Chatham, until Jul 1972
1973-feb-12DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for 6 month Caribbean deployment, returning to HMNB Portsmouth 28 Aug 1973.
1975-decRefitRefit MM38 Exocet single launcher Conversion to Exocet began at HMD Chatham, completed Mar 1979
1982-apr-03AircraftAircraft transferred 815 Sq Lynx XZ730 in from HMS Penelope, via Hercules from Yeovilton and onward relay by RFA Fort Austin to the South Atlantic, although the transfer never materialised with XZ730 going to HMS Arrow on 17 Apr.
1982-may-10DeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic as part of Bristol Group. Relieved HMS Argonaut as Anti-Air Warfare Command. Relieved by HMS Penelope in Port William on 14 Jul, leaving theatre on 15 Jul.
1982-may-10AircraftAircraft Following the postponement of her planned refit in Apr, after a series of complex aircraft swaps, HMS Minerva 815 NAS 210 Flt eventually embarked Sea Skua equipped Lynx XZ698 (/424, but not worn ?) on 10 May.
1982-nov-22DeploymentDeployment Struck HMS Yarmouth in stern, off Portland.
1982-nov-29DeploymentDeployment South Atlantic assigned to 815 Squadron
Deployed to South Atlantic from HMNB Devonport on 29 Nov, with Lynx HAS.2 XZ698 / 424-MV embarked. Returned 24 Mar 1983 and Lynx flown off to Portland on 25 Mar.
1990-jan-15DeploymentDeployment Task Group 316.1 departed for a 6 month round the world Endeavour 90 training cruise, escorting HMS Bristol (flagship) and in company with HMS Ariadne, as part of the Dartmouth Training Squadron. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 13 Jul.
1993Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped

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