D-181 PNS Tariq

PK Pakistan Navy

1975 to 1993 - UK Royal Navy - F172 HMS Ambuscade    

1993 to present    


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History of UK F172 HMS Ambuscade

1971-sep-1Laid downYard no. 1008
1975-octAircraftallocated 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT428 as /323-AB Ambuscade Flt until Jan 1976
1976-marAircraftallocated 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT778 as /323 Ambuscade Flt until c Feb 1980
1976-novRefitRepair period at Southampton, involving gearbox changeover, until Jan 1977.
1977-mar-15Deploymentdeployed from UK to spend 6 month with NATO STANAVFORLANT, Baltic, North Sea and N Atlantic, returned to HMNB Devonport on 26 Sep.
1978-may-31Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport in company with HMS Hermione and HMS Leander. Joined up in English Channel with HMS Blake, the Flagship of Task Group 317.7 for a 6.5 month Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific group deployment, escorted by HMS Juno and supported by RFA Green Rover, RFA Stromness and RFA Tidespring. Returned to UK 12 Dec 1978.
1979-sepDeploymentdeparted UK for 3 month deployment as West Indies Guardship and returned to HMNB Devonport on 7 Dec.
1980-jan-27Port Visit2 day visit to Oporto
1980-marRefitMajor refit at Devonport until c Jan 1981, to prepare for Lynx operation.
1980-dec-15Aircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ721 as /323-AB Ambuscade Flt until Apr 1982.
1981-aug-29DeploymentUKHMD Devonport Navy Days 1981 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1981
1981-oct-19Deployment Armilla Patrol departed UK for Persian Gulf deployment and patrol, returned to HMNB Devonport on 26 Feb 1982
1982-apr-9Deployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, leaving theatre on 7 Jul 1982.
1982-apr-9Aircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ696 as /323 Ambuscade Flt until 25 May 1982.
1982-may-25Aircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ247 as /323 Ambuscade Flt until 30 Sep 1982.
1982-sep-30AircraftAccident 815 Sq Ambuscade Flt Lynx HAS.2 XZ247 is lost after on-board fire, in the North Atlantic, off the Hebrides.
1983-janAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.2 XZ725 from mid Jan as /323-AB Ambuscade Flt until Sep 1984.
1983-mar-28Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 4 month Indian Ocean and Far East deployment, returned on 3 Aug.
1983-apr-27DeploymentAccident collided with USS Dale (DLG-19) in the Gulf of Oman, sustaining serious damage to the forward section of the ship. Repaired in Bombay (Mumbai) from May until c 9 Jun.
1984-octRefitMM38 Exocet single launcher Major refit to strengthen hull and add Exocet tubes, completed 1986
1985-augAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 ZD259 from c Aug as 200 Ambuscade Flt /323 until c Nov 1990. 200 Flt transferred in from HMS Birmingham, which was going into refit.
1986-octDeploymentSouth Atlantic 5 month deployment as Falklands Guardship, returned UK on 20 Mar 1987
1988-apr-1Deploymentdeparted UK for 4 month deployment as West Indies Guardship. Relieved on station by HMS Active and returned to UK 26 Aug.
1990-febDeployment5 month deployment as Falklands Guardship, returned HMNB Devonport in Jul 1990
1991-febAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 XZ732 from mid Feb as /323 Ambuscade Flt until c Aug 1991.
1991-marDeploymentdeparted UK for 5 month deployment as West Indies Guardship. Relieved on station by HMS Arrow and returned to HMNB Devonport on 8 Aug.
1991-decAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 XZ697 from mid Dec as /323-AB Ambuscade Flt until early Dec 1992.
1992-junDeploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 6 month Falklands Guardship duty. Relieved on station by HMS Amazon returned to UK Dec 1992.
1993-janAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3S ZF557 from mid Jan as /323 Ambuscade Flt until c Jun 1993.
1993-julFate: transferedto Pakistan as PNS Tariq (181)

History of PK D-181 PNS Tariq

1993-jul-23Commissionedex UK RN HMS Ambuscade
2017-jan-20NEWS Gulf of Aden Pakistan Navy Alouette III on USS Makin Island



    from Type 21 Amazon class
2750light (tn)
3600full load (tn)
117length (m)
12.70beam (m)
5.90draught (m)
4000range (nm)
34max speed (knots)
50000power (shp)
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Olympus
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Tyne
1Naval Engine propulsion system: COGOG
4Missile Launcher MM38 Exocet single launcher
1Missile Launcher Sea Cat
1Naval Gun Mark 8 4.5 inch (114mm)
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 912
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 992
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 162
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 184



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