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L10 HMS Fearless

UK Royal Navy

L10 HMS Fearless

Flight Deck: FS
Call Sign: GKYQ
Shipyard: Harland and Wolff


History of UK HMS Fearless L10

1962-jul-25Laid downLaid down Yard No 1651.
1965-nov-25CommissionedCommissioned at Harland & Wolff
1966-may-06Port VisitPort Visit first foreign port visit, to Brest for four days.
1966-jul-15TrialsTrials Mediterranean and UK waters propeller trials for 5 weeks
1966-sep-13DeploymentDeployment left HMNB Portsmouth. To support the Civil Power in Aden, until Oct 1966.
1966-oct-25DeploymentDeployment YE Hauf Operation Fate Deployed to support the Irish Guards in a security operation around the Hauf region of Yemen, near its border with Oman.
1966-nov-25Port VisitPort Visit 4 day visit to Durban
1967-mar-09DeploymentDeployment sailed from Singapore in company with HMS Bulwark for assault exercise off Penang.
1967-oct-17AircraftAircraft AE RAF Sharjah embarked first 8 Wessex of 78 Squadron, for transport to Sharjah.
1967-novDeploymentDeployment until Dec 1967, part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
1967-nov-21AircraftAircraft YE off Aden TF 945 embarked the three Sioux of 45 Commando Air Troop, as part of Operation Magister in preparation for their final return to UK.
1968-oct-04DeploymentDeployment Operation Diogenes Departed UK. Hosted senior level negotiations from 8 Oct between Britain and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) over its declaration of independence (UDI), off Gibraltar.
1969-jan-15DeploymentDeployment sailed from HMNB Devonport for a 3 month Mediterranean and West African deployment, returning on 10 Apr.
1969-marDeploymentDeployment NG off Lagos off Lagos (Nigeria), for talks between UK and Nigeria over the Biafra crisis.
1969-jun-04DeploymentDeployment sailed from HMNB Devonport for a 13 month Far East deployment, returning on 12 Jun 1970.
1969-sep-22Port VisitPort Visit visit to Tokyo for cultural, industrial and educational British Week, until 6 Oct.
1970RefitRefit Recommissioned 12 Feb 1971, after refit which included adding Skynet satellite communications equipment.
1970-aug-29Port VisitPort Visit HMD Devonport Navy Days 1970 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1970.
1971-aug-28Port VisitPort Visit HMD Devonport Navy Days 1971 Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1971.
1971-sep-01DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for 10 week Mediterranean deployment, returning on 18 Nov.
1972-novDeploymentDeployment participated in Exercise Corsica 72 off W coast of Corsica with HMS Ark Royal, HMS Bulwark, and HMS Intrepid.
1976-aug-28Port VisitPort Visit HMD Devonport Navy Days 1976 Ship open to visitors at Plymouth Navy Days 1976.
1977-jun-24DeploymentDeployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Ryde Sand
1978-aug-26DeploymentDeployment HMD Devonport Navy Days 1978 present for Plymouth Navy Days, with 3 CBAS Scout AH.1 XP893/S embarked.
1980-julRefitRefit refitting on the Tyne, until Nov 1981.
1981-nov-18TrialsTrials deck landing trials with Army Lynx AH.1 off Portland.
1982-apr-06DeploymentDeployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Portsmouth with some 3 CBAS airframes and three Sea King HC.4 of 846 Squadron embarked, leaving theatre on 24 Jun 1982.
1983-sep-29 collision with German bulk carrier Gerhardt, off Portland.
1983-nov-28DeploymentDeployment LB off Lebanon Operation Offcut ordered from UK with 4 Assault Squadron, RM embarked, on 20 Nov with RFA Brambleleaf in support and arrived on station off Beirut, to relieve HMS Glamorgan.
1985 into low readiness reserve for 3 years, until 1988.
1989RefitRefit CIWS Phalanx 20 mm refit at HMD Devonport, including replacement of guns and her 4x quadruple Seacat launchers for new 20mm and Phalanx CIWS. Completed 1991.
1991-oct-10DeploymentDeployment Exercise Burmese Argonaut deployed to Sevastolpol, Ukraine with 2x 656 Sq Lynx AH.1
1998-aug-28DeploymentDeployment HMNB Portsmouth International Festival of Sea Participated in IFoS 1998.
2000-nov-02DeploymentDeployment Accident serious boiler fire while operating c 150nm off Sicily, brought under control with difficulty and much skill by the ships company. Damage caused her to sail for Malta for assessment and to be relieved from her planned mission to Sierra Leone (Operation Basilica) by RFA Argus.
2001-aug-20DeploymentDeployment left HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean deployment, returning 18 Mar 2002.
2002-aug-03HomeportHomeport paid off for final time at HMNB Portsmouth
2005-jul Fareham Creek by Jul 2005 was laid up in Fareham Creek
2007-dec-17Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped BE Ghent Breakers Yard towed from Portsmouth to Van Heyghen yard at Ghent, Belgium for scrapping

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Fearless class
12200full load (tn)
158.50length (m)
24.40beam (m)
6.20draught (m)
5000range (nm)
21max speed (knots)
22000power (shp)

2Naval Engine steam turbines

2Naval Gun single 20 mm
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
4Chaff and decoys Seagnat

1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 262
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 994

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