F108 HMS Londonderry

UK Royal Navy

1961 to 1984    


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Flight Deck: LD
Call Sign: MXRV


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History of UK F108 HMS Londonderry

1955-jun-24Orderedalong with HMS Rothesay
1956-nov-15Laid down
1960-jul-20Commissioning date, at Cowes, IoW
1961-novDeploymentto British Honduras for post-Hurricane Hattie humanitarian support, with HMS Vidal and HMS Troubridge. Returned to UK May 1962.
1961-novDeploymentBMBermuda Dockyard WIGS West Indies Guardship during 1961/62
1963DeploymentWest Indies Guardship during 1963/64
1969RefitReady for Wasp Sea Cat until 1970 at HMD Rosyth to fit Seacat, upgrade electronics and equip for Wasp operations
1969HomeportHMD Chatham HMNB Chatham
1969-novAircraftassigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XV637 as Londonderry Flt/447-LD until 9 Dec.
1970-marAircraftassigned 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XT428 as Londonderry Flt/447, until c Aug 1975
1974-janDeploymentdeparted UK as escort to HMS Fife, Flagship of Task Group 317.1 for 9 month Indian Ocean and Australia group deployment in company with HMS Apollo, HMS Argonaut, HMS Ariadne and HMS Danae, supported by RFA Tarbatness. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 4 Oct.
1975-novRefitHMD Rosyth until 11 Oct 1979 at HMD Rosyth as trials ship for ASWE. Armaments and hangar removed, flight deck remodelled and two masts added aft..
1979HomeportHMNB Portsmouth HMNB Portsmouth
1989-junFate: sunkexpended as fleet target



    from Type 12 Rothesay class
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



    Typical Max
UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 11

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UK J Samuel White, East Cowes

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