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  • A146 HMS Protector

    UK Royal Navy

    1936 to 1968    


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


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    History of UK A146 HMS Protector

    1935-augLaid downas a Net Layer
    1953-jun-15Deployment Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet as part of Home Fleet - Plymouth
    1954RefitHMD 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-julAircraft701 Squadron P Flight formed with 2x Whirlwind HAR.1 for use during Antarctic summer deployments.
    1955-sepAircraftshort term allocated Whirlwind HAR.3 XJ399 to P Flt, until mid Oct 1955.
    1955-sepAircraftallocated Whirlwind HAR.1 XA866/910 until c Sep 1956, when recoded /990 until c Apr 1957
    1956-oct-5Deploymentdeparted 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-julallocated Whirlwind HAR.1 XA868 /990
    1958-augAircraftallocated 701 Sq P Flt Whirlwind HAR.1 XA862 until c Aug 1959
    1959-mayAircraftreturned to HMNB Portsmouth after Antarctic duties, with Ships Flt Whirlwind HAR.1 XA869/991 plus one other (likely XA862), embarked.
    1960-julAircraftallocated Whirlwind HAR.1 XA862 until c Sep 1960
    1961-augAircraftallocated Whirlwind HAR.1 XA867/940 until crashed and w/o, on Greenwich Island Dec 1961.
    1961-octAircraftto Protector Flt again, as XA866/920, until damaged off Montevideo in Feb 1965 by XA868/940.
    1961-dec-14AircraftAccident Whirlwind HAR.1 XA867/940 crashed during landing in Discovery Bay, Antarctica.
    1964-sep-28Deploymentdeparted 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-janDeploymentAQSigny Station H Survey anchored off BAS Signy station, to set up Hi-Fix triangulation equipment on the island
    1965-feb-2Port VisitUYMontevideo arrived at Montevideo for 7 day visit, departed on 9 Feb 1965
    1965-apr-1DeploymentCLValparaíso 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 VisitJMKingston Bay Visit Visit Kingston, after previously passing through the Panama Canal. Departed 30 Apr.
    1966-julAircraftshort term allocation of Whirlwind HAR.9 XL899 to Protector Flt, until mid Oct 1966
    1967-junAircraftshort term allocated Whirlwind HAR.9 XL839 to Protector Flt, until mid Sep 1967.
    1968-jun-27Replaced in service as Ice Patrol Ship by HMS Endurance.
    1970-feb-10Fate: scrappedInverkeithing Wards Breakers Yard sold for scrap - subsequently to Inverkeithing



        from Protector class
    3450full load (tn)
    105.50length (m)
    10.50beam (m)
    4.90draught (m)
    19max speed (knots)
    2Naval Engine steam turbines



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    UK Yarrow, Scotstoun

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