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  • R05 HMS Invincible

    UK Royal Navy

    1980 to 2005    

    R05 HMS Invincible


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    Flight Deck: N
    Call Sign: GUCL
    Shipyard: BAE Systems (Vickers)


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    History of UK R05 HMS Invincible

    1973-jul-20Laid down
    1977-may-3Launchedceremony included a flypast by 3 Sea King HAS.1 from 819 Squadron
    1979-mayAircraftLargs Bay Trials in Largs Bay During trials in Largs Bay in May 1979, 819 NAS Sea King HAS.2A XV710/310-PW was first aircraft to perform a deck landing.
    1980-mar-6AircraftAccident During trials south of Isle of Wight, two of the embarked 820 NAS Sea Kings (XZ915 and XZ917) collided in mid-air in poor visibility.
    1980-may-19Trialsfirst landing of Sea Harrier on an Invincible class deck
    1980-jul-11Commissionedat HMNB Portsmouth, fitted at this stage with Sea Dart and its Type 910 fire direction radar.
    1982-apr-4Deployment Operation Corporate Departed HMNB Portsmouth for Falklands Conflict first op deployment with Invincible air group configured for maximum Harrier compliment to carry out air defence of the task force and offensive operations. Returned to Portsmouth on 17 Sep.
    1982-nov-5Port VisitUSRoosevelt Roads At Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico until 11 Nov 1982
    1982-nov-12Port VisitAt Fort Lauderdale, Florida until 19 Nov 1982
    1982-nov-22Port VisitAt Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until 29 Nov 1982, returning to HMNB Portsmouth by 8 Dec 1982.
    1983-sep-1Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for Far East and Australasian deployment, cut short by difficulties with the machinery and the nervousness with which the Australian and Japanese governments viewed offering repair facilities to a ship which might be carrying nuclear weapons
    1986-mayRefitGoalkeeper CIWS upgrade Goalkeeper to HMD Devonport for an extensive refit until Nov 1988 including work on the machinery, reconfiguring the ski jump, an operations room upgrade, new sonar, 3 sets of Goalkeeper CIWS (to replace post-South Atlantic conflict Phalanx) and an increase in the air group capacity. Returned to service in 1989.
    1991-oct-7West Mediterranean during the NATO exercise Display Determination 91
    1992-may-12DeploymentSGSembawang naval base Task Group 318.1 Orient 92 deployment led Group Deployment to Far East for Orient Express 92, consisting of HMSs Boxer, Newcastle, Norfolk and RFAs Fort Austin and Olwen, returning Nov 1992. Embarked were 7 Sea King HAS.5 of 814 NAS, 2 Sea King HC.4 of 845 NAS and 3 Sea King AEW.2 of 849 NAS.
    1993-jul-22DeploymentHRDalmatian coast UNPROFOR departed HMNB Portsmouth and relieved HMS Ark Royal on station in the Adriatic during Aug, assisting UNPROFOR, until Jan 1994.
    1993-nov-17Port VisitITPort of Trieste Visit Trieste, Italy. Sea king XV703 onboard
    1994-aug-24DeploymentHRDalmatian coast UNPROFOR departed HMNB Portsmouth with 814 NAS and 849 NAS A Flt embarked, for return to the Adriatic to relieve HMS Ark Royal in Sep. On station until Feb 1995 when relieved by HMS Illustrious.
    1995-julDeploymentHRDalmatian coast UNPROFOR returned to the Adriatic with 814 NAS and 849 NAS embarked, to relieve HMS Illustrious. On station until 9 Dec 1995.
    1995-decRefitalongside in HMNB Portsmouth for maintenance period after Adriatic deployment, until Mar 1996.
    1996-augDeploymentTask Group TG 333.01 departed from HMNB Portsmouth at end Aug 1996 in company with HMS Sheffield, RFA Oakleaf (A111) and RFA Fort Grange for exercises in Mediterranean and Persian Gulf (from Nov) before returning to Portsmouth on 19 Dec.
    1997-nov-29Port VisitESBarcelona Harbour Barcelona visit to Barcelona, until 4 Dec 1997
    1998-jan-9Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for Persian Gulf and Mediterranean deployment, supported by HMS Nottingham, HMS Coventry, RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Bayleaf.
    1998-aug-28HMNB Portsmouth International Festival of Sea Portsmouth on board Sea King XV664, ZE422
    1999Refitrefit at HMD Portsmouth for removal of Sea Dart, extension of flight deck and more space for air group and its support equipment; until spring 2000
    1999-may-21DeploymentAdriatic withdrawn from Kosovo theatre, to be replaced by RFA Argus on 1 Jun.
    2001-mar-31into extended readiness at HMNB Portsmouth until Jul 2001
    2001-juldeparted HMNB Portsmouth at end of Jul for Rosyth, to prepare for refit
    2001-decRefitrefit at Rosyth, until Mar 2003, including removal of Sea Dart twin launcher.
    2004-jul-4Port Visitto New York, NY for Independence Day celebrations
    2005-aug-3Decommissionedinto low readiness reserve at HMNB Portsmouth
    2010-sep-10StruckEnded readiness reserve.
    2011-apr-12Fate: scrappedTRAliaga Shipbreakers March 24 2011 Invincible hull was towed from Portsmouth harbour to Leyal Ship Dismantling and Recycling in Turkey for scrapping. Completed January 2012



        from Invincible class
    16950light (tn)
    20750full load (tn)
    210length (m)
    36beam (m)
    8.80draught (m)
    7000range (nm)
    28max speed (knots)
    4Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Olympus
    2Naval Engine propulsion system: COGAG
    2Naval Gun Oerlikon 20mm Mk.7 cannon
    2Naval Gun single 20 mm
    3Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
    8Chaff and decoys Seagnat
    1Naval Radar air search radar Type 1022
    2Naval Radar navigation radar Type 1006
    1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 996
    1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2016



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