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  • D20 HMS Fife

    UK Royal Navy

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

    1966 to 1987    


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    Flight Deck: FF
    Call Sign: GKBU
    Shipyard: Kvaerner (Govan)


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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
    1970-nov-2DeploymentMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta Exercise Lime Jug Exercise Lime Jug departed Valletta on 29 Oct for Lime Jug with Wessex HAS.3 XS149 / 403-FF embarked, in company with HMS Ark Royal. ENDEX on 15 Nov.
    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
    1977-aug-10AircraftVVIP flight HRH The Queen and Prince Phillip flown by Queens Flight Wessex HCC.4 XV732 to Hillsborough Castle for Silver Jubilee visit to NI.
    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



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    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



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 11

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK Kvaerner (Govan), Govan

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