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  • A146 HMS Protector

    UK Royal Navy




    1936 to 1968    


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


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    History of UK A146 HMS Protector

    1935-augLaid downas a Net Layer
    1936-augLaunched
    1936-dec-30Commissioned
    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-may-3Decommissioned
    1968-jun-27Replaced in service as Ice Patrol Ship by HMS Endurance.
    1970-feb-10Fate: scrappedInverkeithing, Fife Wards Breakers Yard sold for scrap - subsequently to Inverkeithing

    Specifications

       

        from Protector class
    260crew
    3450full load (tn)
    105.50length (m)
    10.50beam (m)
    4.90draught (m)
    19max speed (knots)
    2Naval Engine steam turbines

    Aircraft

       

        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Sikorsky S-55 H-19 22
    UK Royal Navy Westland Whirlwind 22

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

    Builder

       

    UK Yarrow, Scotstoun



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