1961 to 1985    

F103 HMS Lowestoft

UK Royal Navy

Flight Deck: LT
Call Sign: GDBU
Shipyard: Alexander Stephen


History of UK HMS Lowestoft F103

1958-jun-19Laid downLaid down
1962-mar-17DeploymentDeployment left Chatham for 5 month deployment to Mediterranean and West Indies, returning on 10 Aug.
1963-mar-13RefitRefit underwent maintenance and repair at Chatham until 24 May, following a 2 month deployment to USA.
1963-augDeploymentDeployment departed for a 9 month Mediterranean deployment until 22 May 1964.
1964-sep-04 collided with HMS Lion (C34) on the approaches to the Forth Bridge, damaging her fo c sle.
1965-sepDeploymentDeployment YE Aden 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-04DeploymentDeployment Mozambique Channel Beira Patrol first British warship off Mozambique, to enforce UN sanctions against Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
1966-may-31Port VisitPort Visit to Cherbourg, until 3 Jun 1966
1967-aug-29RefitRefit Ready for Wasp Sea Cat until May 1970 at HMD Chatham to fit Seacat, upgrade electronics and equip for Wasp operations
1970-marAircraftAircraft assigned 829 NSA Wasp HAS.1 XT443 as Lowestoft Flt/451 until damaged in deck landing 17 Feb 1971
1971-jan-15DeploymentDeployment assigned to STANVFORLANT until Apr 1971.
1971-marAircraftAircraft assigned 829 Sq Wasp XT420/451-LO until c Apr 1972
1971-jun-15DeploymentDeployment left Portsmouth for a 5 month West Indies and USA deployment, returning to Chatham on 24 Nov.
1972-marDeploymentDeployment Left HMNB Chatham for Far East deployment, returning 14 Nov 1972
1972-apr-25DeploymentDeployment Mozambique Channel Beira Beira Patrol relieved HMS Arethusa for a one month patrol. Was relieved by HMS Cleopatra on 22 May 1972.
1972-junAircraftAircraft MV Gan 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 Refit at HMD Gibraltar until 19 Oct 1973.
1974-sep-17DeploymentDeployment departed 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 VisitPort Visit ZA Simon Town Naval Dockyard Visited Simonstown en route Far East deployment, in company with other ships from Task Group 317.2, until 21 Oct.
1975-marDeploymentDeployment 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-11RefitRefit towed 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-aprDeploymentDeployment Ascension Island guardship during Falklands campaign, until Jun 1982
1983-julAircraftAircraft assigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XS538/451 until damaged in a landing accident 29 Oct 1984.
1985-febAircraftAircraft short term assignment of 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XS527/451
1985-mar-29DecommissionedDecommissioned at South Railway Jetty, HMNB Portsmouth
1986-jun-08Fate: sunkFate: sunk expended as fleet target off the Bahamas by submarine launched torpedo

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

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