1966 to 1987    

D20 HMS Fife

UK Royal Navy

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

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


History of UK HMS Fife D20

1962-jun-01Laid downLaid down
1966-novAircraftAircraft assigned Wessex HAS.1 XS887 as 829 Sq Fife Flt/403-FF by Nov 1966, until c Jun 1968
1966-decDeploymentDeployment Gibraltar and Mediterranean for talks between UK and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Escort for HMS Tiger.
1967-aug courtesy cruise to Goteborg (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark)
1968-sep-20DeploymentDeployment Exercise Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct.
1969-junAircraftAircraft assigned Wessex HAS.3 XS149 as 829 Sq Fife Flt/403-FF by Jun 1969, until c Jan 1971
1970-nov-02DeploymentDeployment MT Grand 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-novAircraftAircraft assigned Wessex HAS.3 XM836 as 737 Sq Fife Flt/404-FF by Nov 1971, until c Jul 1975
1973-dec-17HomeportHomeport transferred from HMNB Portsmouth to HMNB Devonport
1974-janDeploymentDeployment departed 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-febDeploymentDeployment Mozambique Channel Beira Patrol embargo enforcing operations in Mozambique Channel
1974-feb-20Port VisitPort Visit MV Gan Anchorage arrived in Gan for short visit to transfer VIPs to HMS Norfolk
1974-feb-26Port VisitPort Visit SG Sembawang naval base two day visit to Singapore, departed for Hong Kong 28 Feb.
1975-sepRefitRefit Refit until c Aug 1976
1976-junAircraftAircraft assigned Wessex HAS.3 XP142 as 737 Sq Fife Flt/404-FF by Jun 1976, until c Sep 1979
1977-jun-25DeploymentDeployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Ryde Sand
1977-aug-10AircraftAircraft VVIP 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-febAircraftAircraft assigned 737 Sq Wessex HAS.3 XP137 as Ships Flt (supporting XP142 ?), until c Sep 1978.
1979-aug-30DeploymentDeployment Hurricane David relief operations to Dominican Republic for emergency relief work after the island was battered by Hurricane David.
1979-novHomeportHomeport withdrawn to become alongside training ship at HMNB Portsmouth.
1980-julRefitRefit completed by Feb 1983
1982-octAircraftAircraft 815 Sq Lynx HAS.2 XZ248 allocated as Fife Flt / 404-FF, as refit nearing completion, until c Jun 1987.
1987-janPort VisitPort Visit visit to Brest, France
1987-aug-12Fate: transferedFate: transfered to Chile: Blanco Encalada (15)

History of CL Blanco Encalada D-15

1988-mayRefitRefit refit completed at Talcahuano for Super Puma operation
2005Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped

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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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