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  • F56 HMS Argonaut

    UK Royal Navy

    1966 to 1993    


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    Flight Deck: AT
    Call Sign: GNZH
    Shipyard: Hawthorn Leslie


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    History of UK F56 HMS Argonaut

    1964-nov-27Laid down
    1970-aug-29Port VisitHMD Devonport Navy Days 1970 Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1970.
    1970-nov-2DeploymentMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta Exercise Lime Jug Exercise Lime Jug departed Valletta on 29 Oct for Lime Jug, in company with HMS Ark Royal. ENDEX on 15 Nov.
    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.
    1976-aug-28Port VisitHMD Devonport Navy Days 1976 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1976.
    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
    1992-novPort Visitpresent in Egypt, for the 50th anniversary of the second Battle of El Alamein.
    1995Fate: scrappedscrapped in Spain



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



    UK Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn

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