1961 to 1984    

F113 HMS Falmouth

UK Royal Navy

Flight Deck: FM
Call Sign: GFXU
Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Wallsend)


History of UK HMS Falmouth F113

1957-nov-23Laid downLaid down Swan Hunter (Wallsend) Yard No. 1887
1961-dec-05 Accident in collision with RFA Tideflow in Lyme Bay.
1966DeploymentDeployment Mozambique Channel Beira Patrol Deployed on Beira Patrol, during the oil blockade of Rhodesia
1966-may-27Port VisitPort Visit commenced 4 day visit to Falmouth and returned to HMNB Devonport on 31 May 1966.
1966-oct-10DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for a 10 month Far East deployment, returning on 25 Aug 1967.
1967-aug-26DeploymentDeployment HMD Devonport Navy Days 1967 present at Plymouth Navy Days 1967
1967-oct-30DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for a 2 month Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic deployment, returning on 3 Dec 1967.
1968-jan-13DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for a 3 month Caribbean deployment, returning on 29 March 1968.
1968-apr-27DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for a 2 month Mediterranean deployment, returning on 23 June 1968.
1968-aug-02RefitRefit Ready for Wasp Refit at HMD Portsmouth to plate over forward Limbo tubes and install a flight deck, hangar and other Wasp Ships Flight support facilities. Completed by Dec 1970
1971-novDeploymentDeployment the last vessel of RN to deploy for 12 months to the far east. Was plane guard for HMS Eagle to cover withdrawal from the Arabian Gulf 1971. Spent Christmas 1971 at Mombasa. Oversaw the handover of Singapore dockyard to the Sambawang shipping company, HMS Terror (Royal Navy barracks) was renamed for the ANZUK handover.
1974-sep-17DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport to join Task Group 317.2 for Far East deployment, joining with HMS Achilles, HMS Diomede, HMS Falmouth, HMS Leander, HMS Lowestoft, 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.
1974-novDeploymentDeployment HK Victoria Harbour developed a serious fire amidships in Indian Ocean while on Task Group 317.2 deployment and made Hong Kong for extensive repairs, under her own steam.
1975-julAircraftAircraft 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS542 assigned as /441-FM by Jul 1975 to Feb 1977
1976-may-06DeploymentDeployment Collision rammed Icelandic cutter Tyr during Third Cod War.
1977 Wasp flight formed 1977 XV639 youngest RN wasp
1978-mayDeploymentDeployment Baltic deployment
1978-decAircraftAircraft allocated 829 NAS Wasp HAS.1 XV639 as /441 Falmouth Flt until c Mar 1980. Although other Wasps continued to be allocated to other Ships Flts, this was the last ship allocation, of the final UK Wasp produced.
1979-may-08DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth as escort to HMS Norfolk, Flagship of Task Group 317.8 for 7 month Indian Ocean and Far East group deployment in company with HMS Achilles and HMS Arethusa, supported by RFA Black Rover, RFA Olmeda and RFA Regent. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Arrow and HMS Dido, returned to Portsmouth 14 Dec 1979.
1980-marPort VisitPort Visit Falmouth Docks final visit to Falmouth before entering Reserve in Dec 1980
1982-aprAircraftAircraft Accident 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XS568 assigned as /441-FM by Apr 1982 to 30 Sep 1982. Ditched and recovered by HMS Falmouth off Belize 30 Sep 1982.
1982-apr-22 recommissioned from disposal list
1983-mayDeploymentDeployment On station off Falklands
1983-julAircraftAircraft 829 Sq Wasp HAS.1 XT786 assigned as /441-FM by Jul 1983 to 7 Nov 1984
1984-marDeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for 5 month Far East deployment, returned 17 Aug.
1984-nov-07AircraftAircraft Accident Damage to cabin roof equipment and rotor head on deck, off N of Scotland 7 Nov 1984. Airlifted off.
1988Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped sold for scrap in Spain

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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)

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

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