1961 to 1988    

F126 HMS Plymouth

UK Royal Navy

Flight Deck: PL
Call Sign: GDFA
Shipyard: HMD Devonport


History of UK HMS Plymouth F126

1958-jul-01Laid downLaid down
1961-junDeploymentDeployment departed Devonport for Singapore, leading 29th Escort Squadron
1962-jul-24DeploymentDeployment MY Pulau Tioman South China Sea Exercise FOTEX 62 participated in Exercise FOTEX 62 with Far East Fleet, RAN and RNZN
1964-feb-16DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for Far East deployment, relieving HMS Berwick and HMS Dido en route, mainly patrolling near Indonesia and Malaysia. Departed 12 Aug 1965 in company with HMS Chichester and returned to Plymouth on 9 Sep 1965. Relieved en route by HMS Londonderry.
1966-jan-11DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for Far East deployment, returning 28 Jul 1966.
1966-marDeploymentDeployment Mozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol off Mozambique to enforce UN sanctions against Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Intercepted the Joanna V (Greek registered) oil tanker during Apr.
1966-augRefitRefit HMD Chatham Ready for Wasp Sea Cat until 1969 at HMD Chatham to fit Seacat, upgrade electronics and equip for Wasp operations
1968-dec-20AircraftAircraft 829 Sq Wasp XS571 joined Plymouth Flt/445, until c Jun 1969.
1969-junAircraftAircraft 829 Sq Wasp XV632 joined Plymouth (032) Flt/445, until Apr 1974.
1969-jul-26DeploymentDeployment Torbay Fleet Review: Ships of the Western Fleet Present at Ships of the Western Fleet review in Torbay.
1970-apr-20 in collision with French frigate FNS Enseigne de Vaiseau Henry.
1971-aug-28Port VisitPort Visit Navy Days 1971 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1971.
1971-decRefitRefit 7 month refit at HMD Devonport, completing in June 1972
1972-julDeploymentDeployment 8 month North Atlantic deployment, returning to HMNB Devonport in Feb 1973
1974-nov-04AircraftAircraft 829 Sq Wasp XS565 joined Plymouth Fight, until Sep 1978
1975-jul-22DeploymentDeployment departed UK as escort for HMS Glamorgan, flagship of global Task Group 317.3, accompanied by HMS Ajax, HMS Berwick, HMS Rothesay. Support provided by RFA Gold Rover, RFA Tarbatness and RFA Tidespring. Returned 14 Apr 1976
1977-jun-25DeploymentDeployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (8th Frigate Squadron), off Lee anchorage
1978-may-30DeploymentDeployment coordinated sinking of Eleni V tanker off East Anglia after collission with another ship on 6 May.
1978-sepRefitRefit Major upgrade, until Dec 1980.
1980-octAircraftAircraft 829 Sq Wasp XT429 joined Plymouth (027) Flight, until May 1988.
1981-mayHomeportHomeport relocated to HMNB Rosyth, from HMNB Devonport
1981-nov-05Port VisitPort Visit Trinity Pier visited Millbay Docks 5-9 Nov 1981, with Wasp HAS.1 XT429/445 embarked.
1982-apr-02DeploymentDeployment Operation Corporate Ordered to South Atlantic from exercise as part of the Advanced Group. Key role in South Georgia operations. Seriously damaged in air attack on 8 Jun 1982. Departed theatre in company with HMS Glamorgan on 29 Jun 1982. Returned to HMNB Rosyth on 24 Jul 1982, for refit.
1982-apr-14DeploymentDeployment Grytviken Operation Paraquat Joined with HMS Antrim, HMS Endurance and RFA Tidespring for recovery of South Georgia.
1982-julRefitRefit HMD Rosyth refit and repair to damage from Falklands campaign, until Dec 1982 at HMD Rosyth
1984-mar-11 In collision with FGS Braunschweig (F225)
1989Fate: museumFate: museum Trinity Pier Warship Preservation Trust at Millbay, Plymouth with Wasp HAS.1 XS570 aboard (from Lee-on-Solent c Feb 1990).
1990-junFate: museumFate: museum Transferred to the River Clyde for Glasgow 1990 celebrations.
1991-novFate: museumFate: museum Birkenhead Transferred to Cammell Laird for maintenance and repairs until Spring 1992
1992-aprFate: museumFate: museum Transferred to East Float Dock, Birkenhead for public display (opened May 1992) until Feb 2006.
2006-feb-06Fate: museumFate: museum Vittoria Dock Warship Preservation Trust collapsed. Future of HMS Plymouth (still at Birkenhead) uncertain.
2012-marFate: scrappedFate: scrapped Sold by Peel Ports to a Turkish ship breaker. Left Birkenhead East Float Dock under tow by mv Amber II, on 20 Aug 2014

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Type 12 Rothesay class
2144light (tn)
2577full load (tn)
112.70length (m)
12.50beam (m)
5.20draught (m)
30max speed (knots)

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2Naval Gun single 20 mm
2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher

1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
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