1936 to 1968    

A146 HMS Protector

UK Royal Navy

Flight Deck: PR
Call Sign: GXVN
Shipyard: Yarrow
See Also: AO Protector (2011) class A173


History of UK HMS Protector A146

1935-augLaid downLaid down as a Net Layer
1953-jun-15DeploymentDeployment Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet as part of Home Fleet - Plymouth
1954RefitRefit HMD Devonport Ice Patrol refit until 1955 at HMD Devonport from Net Layer to Ice Patrol Ship with flight deck and essentially a re-inforced canvass hangar.
1955-julAircraftAircraft 701 Squadron P Flight formed with 2x Whirlwind HAR.1 for use during Antarctic summer deployments.
1955-sepAircraftAircraft short term allocated Whirlwind HAR.3 XJ399 to P Flt, until mid Oct 1955.
1955-sepAircraftAircraft allocated Whirlwind HAR.1 XA866/910 until c Sep 1956, when recoded /990 until c Apr 1957
1956-oct-05DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for second Antarctic summer deployment as Survey Support and South Atlantic Guardship, arriving on station 9 Nov. 701 NAS P Flt Whirlwinds HAR.1 XA866/990 and XA870/991, embarked.
1957-jul allocated Whirlwind HAR.1 XA868 /990
1958-augAircraftAircraft allocated 701 Sq P Flt Whirlwind HAR.1 XA862 until c Aug 1959
1959-mayAircraftAircraft returned to HMNB Portsmouth after Antarctic duties, with Ships Flt Whirlwind HAR.1 XA869/991 plus one other (likely XA862), embarked.
1960-julAircraftAircraft allocated Whirlwind HAR.1 XA862 until c Sep 1960
1961-augAircraftAircraft allocated Whirlwind HAR.1 XA867/940 until crashed and w/o, on Greenwich Island Dec 1961.
1961-octAircraftAircraft to Protector Flt again, as XA866/920, until damaged off Montevideo in Feb 1965 by XA868/940.
1961-dec-14AircraftAircraft Accident Whirlwind HAR.1 XA867/940 crashed during landing in Discovery Bay, Antarctica.
1964-sep-28DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for Antarctic summer deployment. On station in Jan 1965, near the South Orkney Isles with Ships Flt Whirlwind HAR.1 XA866/920 embarked. Returned 14 May 1965.
1965-janDeploymentDeployment AQ Signy Station H Survey anchored off BAS Signy station, to set up Hi-Fix triangulation equipment on the island
1965-feb-02Port VisitPort Visit UY Montevideo arrived at Montevideo for 7 day visit, departed on 9 Feb 1965
1965-apr-01DeploymentDeployment CL Valparaíso Earthquake Relief Arrived in Valparaiso to assist after the 28 March M7.4 earthquake at a depth of 70km beneath La Ligua,c 90km to the north east and brought down the dam at El Cobré, flooding the village with mud. Departed 7 Apr.
1965-apr-27Port VisitPort Visit JM Kingston Bay Visit Visit Kingston, after previously passing through the Panama Canal. Departed 30 Apr.
1966-julAircraftAircraft short term allocation of Whirlwind HAR.9 XL899 to Protector Flt, until mid Oct 1966
1967-junAircraftAircraft short term allocated Whirlwind HAR.9 XL839 to Protector Flt, until mid Sep 1967.
1968-jun-27 Replaced in service as Ice Patrol Ship by HMS Endurance.
1970-feb-10Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped Inverkeithing Wards Breakers Yard sold for scrap - subsequently to Inverkeithing

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Protector class
3450full load (tn)
105.50length (m)
10.50beam (m)
4.90draught (m)
19max speed (knots)

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