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  • F126 HMS Plymouth

    UK Royal Navy




    1961 to 1988    


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    Flight Deck: PL
    Call Sign: GDFA


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    History of UK F126 HMS Plymouth

    1958-jul-1Laid down
    1959-jul-20Launched
    1961-may-11Commissioned
    1962-jul-24DeploymentMYPulau Tioman South China Sea Exercise FOTEX 62 participated in Exercise FOTEX 62 with Far East Fleet, RAN and RNZN
    1964-feb-16Deploymentdeparted 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-11Deploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for Far East deployment, returning 28 Jul 1966.
    1966-marDeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol off Moazmbique to enforce UN sanctions against Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
    1966-augRefitReady for Wasp Sea Cat until 1969 at HMD Chatham to fit Seacat, upgrade electronics and equip for Wasp operations
    1968-dec-20Aircraft829 Sq Wasp XS571 joined Plymouth Flt/445, until c Jun 1969.
    1969-junAircraft829 Sq Wasp XV632 joined Plymouth (032) Flt/445, until Apr 1974.
    1969-jul-26DeploymentTorbay Fleet Review: Ships of the Western Fleet Present at Ships of the Western Fleet review in Torbay.
    1970-apr-20in collision with French frigate FNS Enseigne de Vaiseau Henry.
    1971-aug-28Port VisitNavy Days 1971 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1971.
    1971-decRefit7 month refit at HMD Devonport, completing in June 1972
    1972-julDeployment8 month North Atlantic deployment, returning to HMNB Devonport in Feb 1973
    1974-nov-4Aircraft829 Sq Wasp XS565 joined Plymouth Fight, until Sep 1978
    1975-jul-22Deploymentdeparted 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-25Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (8th Frigate Squadron), off Lee anchorage
    1978-sepRefitMajor upgrade, until Dec 1980.
    1980-octAircraft829 Sq Wasp XT429 joined Plymouth (027) Flight, until May 1988.
    1981-mayHomeportrelocated to HMNB Rosyth, from HMNB Devonport
    1981-nov-5Port VisitTrinity Pier visited Millbay Docks 5-9 Nov 1981, with Wasp HAS.1 XT429/445 embarked.
    1982-apr-2Deployment 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-14DeploymentGrytviken Operation Paraquat Joined with HMS Antrim, HMS Endurance and RFA Tidespring for recovery of South Georgia.
    1982-julRefitrefit and repair to damage from Falklands campaign, until Dec 1982 at HMD Rosyth
    1984-mar-11In collision with FGS Braunschweig (F225)
    1988-apr-28Decommissioned
    1989Fate: museumTrinity Pier Warship Preservation Trust at Millbay, Plymouth with Wasp HAS.1 XS570 aboard (from Lee-on-Solent c Feb 1990).
    1990-junFate: museumTransferred to the River Clyde for Glasgow 1990 celebrations.
    1991-novFate: museumBirkenhead Transferred to Cammell Laird for maintenance and repairs until Spring 1992
    1992-aprFate: museumTransferred to East Float Dock, Birkenhead for public display (opened May 1992) until Feb 2006.
    2006-feb-6Fate: museumVittoria Dock Warship Preservation Trust collapsed. Future of HMS Plymouth (still at Birkenhead) uncertain.
    2012-marFate: scrappedSold by Peel Ports to a Turkish ship breaker. Left Birkenhead East Float Dock under tow by mv Amber II, on 20 Aug 2014

    Specifications

       

        from Type 12 Rothesay class
    235crew
    2144light (tn)
    2577full load (tn)
    112.70length (m)
    12.50beam (m)
    5.20draught (m)
    30max speed (knots)
    1Missile Launcher Sea Cat
    2Naval Gun single 20 mm
    2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher
    1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 978
    1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 993

    Aircraft

       

        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 11


    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

    Builder

       

    UK HMD Devonport, Devonport



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