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  • F45 HMS Minerva

    UK Royal Navy

    1966 to 1992    


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


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    History of UK F45 HMS Minerva

    1963-jul-25Laid downVickers-Armstrong Yard No 179
    1966-apr-15Commissionedknown informally as the Mighty Min
    1967-novDeploymentpart of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
    1967-decDeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol off Mozambique, for sanctions enforcement
    1968-sepAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT424 as Minerva Flt /424, until c Sep 1969
    1969-mar-19Deployment 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-novAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT788 as /424-MV by Nov 1969 until c Aug 1975
    1972-marRefitat HMD Chatham, until Jul 1972
    1973-feb-12Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 6 month Caribbean deployment, returning to HMNB Portsmouth 28 Aug 1973.
    1975-decRefitMM38 Exocet single launcher Conversion to Exocet began at HMD Chatham, completed Mar 1979
    1982-apr-3Aircrafttransferred 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-10DeploymentSouth 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-10AircraftFollowing 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-22DeploymentStruck HMS Yarmouth in stern, off Portland.
    1982-nov-29DeploymentSouth 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-15DeploymentTask 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: scrapped



        from Exocet Leander class
    4Missile Launcher MM38 Exocet single launcher



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 11

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK Vickers-Armstrong, High Walker

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