F45 HMS Minerva

UK Royal Navy

1966 to 1992    


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Flight Deck: MV
Call Sign: GNZU


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History of UK F45 HMS Minerva

1963-jul-25Laid down
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 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-10Deployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic as part of Bristol Group, leaving theatre on 15 Jul 1982.
1982-nov-22Struck HMS Yarmouth in stern, off Portland.
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



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