F56 HMS Argonaut

UK Royal Navy




1966 to 1993    


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Flight Deck: AT
Call Sign: GNZH


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History of UK F56 HMS Argonaut

1964-nov-27Laid down
1966-feb-8Launched
1966-aug-17Commissioned
1971DeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol off Mozambique channel, enforcing UN sanctions.
1974-janDeploymentdeparted UK as escort to HMS Fife, Flagship of Task Group 317.1 for 9 month Indian Ocean and Australia group deployment in company with HMS Apollo. HMS Ariadne, HMS Danae and HMS Londonderry, supported by RFA Tarbatness. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 4 Oct.
1976-febRefitMM38 Exocet single launcher Exocet conversion at HMD Devonport and fitted for Lynx operations, completed Jan 1980. Recommissioned 22 Mar 1980.
1977-aug-27DeploymentHMD Devonport Navy Days 1977 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1977
1979-junAircraft702 Sq Lynx HAS.2 XZ256 / 466-AT until c Jan 1982.
1982-apr-19DeploymentSouth Atlantic Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic and was joined by her Lynx HAS.2 XZ233, just as she cleared Plymouth Breakwater. Left theatre on 5 Jun 1982.
1982-jun-5Aircraftswapped Sea Skua fitted Ships Flt Lynx with HMS Cardiff, and returned to the UK with XZ254. Arrived in UK, towards end Jun 1982.
1982-augRefittowed array sonar Type 2031 new sonar array fitted by Nov 1983
1988-janAircraft829 Sq Lynx HAS.3 ZD251 assigned as /466-AT short term, until c Mar 1988
1993-mar-31Decommissioned
1995Fate: scrappedscrapped in Spain

Specifications

   

    from Towed Array Exocet Leander class
4Missile Launcher MM38 Exocet single launcher
1Sonar towed array sonar Type 2031






Builder

   

UK Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn