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  • F103 HMS Lowestoft

    UK Royal Navy




    1961 to 1985    


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    Flight Deck: LT
    Call Sign: GDBU


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    History of UK F103 HMS Lowestoft

    1958-jun-19Laid down
    1960-jun-23Launched
    1961-sep-26Commissioned
    1962-mar-17Deploymentleft Chatham for 5 month deployment to Mediterranean and West Indies, returning on 10 Aug.
    1963-mar-13Refitunderwent maintenance and repair at Chatham until 24 May, following a 2 month deployment to USA.
    1963-augDeploymentdeparted for a 9 month Mediterranean deployment until 22 May 1964.
    1964-sep-4collided with HMS Lion (C34) on the approaches to the Forth Bridge, damaging her fo c sle.
    1965-sepDeploymentYEAden Harbour Departed Malta escorting HMS Eagle in assisting with deteriorating security situation in Aden, with RFA Tidesurge and RFA Reliant, arriving off Aden on 1 Oct.
    1966-mar-4DeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Patrol first British warship off Mozambique, to enforce UN sanctions against Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
    1966-may-31Port Visitto Cherbourg, until 3 Jun 1966
    1967-aug-29RefitReady for Wasp Sea Cat until May 1970 at HMD Chatham to fit Seacat, upgrade electronics and equip for Wasp operations
    1970-marAircraftassigned 829 NSA Wasp HAS.1 XT443 as Lowestoft Flt/451 until damaged in deck landing 17 Feb 1971
    1971-jan-15Deploymentassigned to STANVFORLANT until Apr 1971.
    1971-marAircraftassigned 829 Sq Wasp XT420/451-LO until c Apr 1972
    1971-jun-15Deploymentleft Portsmouth for a 5 month West Indies and USA deployment, returning to Chatham on 24 Nov.
    1972-marDeploymentLeft HMNB Chatham for Far East deployment, returning 14 Nov 1972
    1972-apr-25DeploymentMozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol relieved HMS Arethusa for a one month patrol. Was relieved by HMS Cleopatra on 22 May 1972.
    1972-junAircraftMVGan Airfreight assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XS528/451 until c Jun 1973. Joined ship after being flown out to RAF Gan.
    1973-apr-30RefitRefit at HMD Gibraltar until 19 Oct 1973.
    1974-sep-17Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth to join Task Group 317.2 for Far East deployment, joining with HMS Achilles, HMS Diomede, HMS Falmouth, HMS Leander, HMS Blake, RFA Green Rover, RFA Olna and RFA Stromness, returned Jun 1975.
    1974-oct-14Port VisitZASimon Town Naval Dockyard Visited Simonstown en route Far East deployment, in company with other ships from Task Group 317.2, until 21 Oct.
    1975-marDeployment Operation Stella Ordered to coast off South Vietnam from a Far East group deployment, to assist in evacuation of British and Commonwealth citizens.
    1976-oct-11Refittowed array sonar Type 2031 until Sep 1977 at HMD Portsmouth to re-equip as Trials and Training Ship. Lowestoft distinguished herself with trials of the Type 2031 sonar.
    1982-aprDeploymentAscension Island guardship during Falklands campaign, until Jun 1982
    1983-julAircraftassigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XS538/451 until damaged in a landing accident 29 Oct 1984.
    1985-febAircraftshort term assignment of 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XS527/451
    1985-mar-29Decommissionedat South Railway Jetty, HMNB Portsmouth
    1986-jun-8Fate: sunkexpended as fleet target off the Bahamas by submarine launched torpedo

    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 Alexander Stephen,



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