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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1935-augLaid downas a Net Layer
1953-jun-15Deployment Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet as part of Home Fleet - Plymouth
1954RefitIce Patrol refit until 1955 at HMD Devonport from Net Layer to Ice Patrol Ship
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.
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-feb-2Port Visitarrived at Montevideo for 7 day visit, departed on 9 Feb 1965
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.
1970-feb-10Fate: scrappedInverkeithing, Fife 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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