D20 HMS Fife

UK Royal Navy

1988 to 2003 - CL Chilean Navy - D-15 Blanco Encalada    

1966 to 1987    


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Call Sign: GKBU


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History of UK D20 HMS Fife

1962-jun-1Laid down
1966-novAircraftassigned Wessex HAS.1 XS887 as 829 Sq Fife Flt/403-FF by Nov 1966, until c Jun 1968
1966-decDeploymentGibraltar and Mediterranean for talks between UK and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Escort for HMS Tiger.
1967-augcourtesy cruise to Goteborg (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark)
1968-sep-20DeploymentExercise Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct.
1969-junAircraftassigned Wessex HAS.3 XS149 as 829 Sq Fife Flt/403-FF by Jun 1969, until c Jan 1971
1971-novAircraftassigned Wessex HAS.3 XM836 as 737 Sq Fife Flt/404-FF by Nov 1971, until c Jul 1975
1973-dec-17Homeporttransferred from HMNB Portsmouth to HMNB Devonport
1974-janDeploymentdeparted UK as Flagship of Task Group 317.1 for 9 month Indian Ocean and Australia group deployment in company with HMS Apollo, HMS Argonaut, HMS Ariadne, HMS Danae and HMS Londonderry, supported by RFA Tarbatness. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 4 Oct.
1974-febDeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Patrol embargo enforcing operations in Mozambique Channel
1974-feb-20Port VisitMVGan Anchorage arrived in Gan for short visit to transfer VIPs to HMS Norfolk
1974-feb-26Port VisitSGSembawang naval base two day visit to Singapore, departed for Hong Kong 28 Feb.
1975-sepRefitRefit until c Aug 1976
1976-junAircraftassigned Wessex HAS.3 XP142 as 737 Sq Fife Flt/404-FF by Jun 1976, until c Sep 1979
1977-jun-25Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Ryde Sand
1978-febAircraftassigned 737 Sq Wessex HAS.3 XP137 as Ships Flt (supporting XP142 ?), until c Sep 1978.
1979-aug-30Deployment Hurricane David relief operations to Dominican Republic for emergency relief work after the island was battered by Hurricane David.
1979-novHomeportwithdrawn to become alongside training ship at HMNB Portsmouth.
1980-julRefitcompleted by Feb 1983
1982-octAircraft815 Sq Lynx HAS.2 XZ248 allocated as Fife Flt / 404-FF, as refit nearing completion, until c Jun 1987.
1987-janPort Visitvisit to Brest, France
1987-aug-12Fate: transferedto Chile: Blanco Encalada (15)

History of CL D-15 Blanco Encalada

1988-mayRefitrefit completed at Talcahuano for Super Puma operation
2005Fate: scrapped



    from County class
5440light (tn)
6200full load (tn)
158.70length (m)
16.50beam (m)
6.10draught (m)
30max speed (knots)
60000power (shp)
4Naval Engine gas turbine
2Naval Engine propulsion system: COSAG
2Naval Engine steam turbines
2Missile Launcher Sea Cat
1Missile Launcher Sea Slug
2Naval Gun Mark 6 4.5 inch (twin 114mm)
2Naval Gun single 20 mm
1Naval Radar air search radar Type 965
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
1Naval Radar air direction radar Type 277
1Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 901
1Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 903
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 992



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