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R05 HMS Invincible

UK Royal Navy

R05 HMS Invincible

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


History of UK HMS Invincible R05

1973-jul-20Laid downLaid down
1977-may-03LaunchedLaunched ceremony included a flypast by 3 Sea King HAS.1 from 819 Squadron
1979-mayAircraftAircraft Largs 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-06AircraftAircraft Accident 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-19TrialsTrials first landing of Sea Harrier on an Invincible class deck
1980-jul-11CommissionedCommissioned at HMNB Portsmouth, fitted at this stage with Sea Dart and its Type 910 fire direction radar.
1982-apr-04DeploymentDeployment 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-05Port VisitPort Visit US Roosevelt Roads At Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico until 11 Nov 1982
1982-nov-12Port VisitPort Visit At Fort Lauderdale, Florida until 19 Nov 1982
1982-nov-22Port VisitPort Visit At Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until 29 Nov 1982, returning to HMNB Portsmouth by 8 Dec 1982.
1983-sep-01DeploymentDeployment departed 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-mayRefitRefit Goalkeeper 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-07 West Mediterranean during the NATO exercise Display Determination 91
1992-may-12DeploymentDeployment SG Sembawang 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-22DeploymentDeployment HR Dalmatian 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 VisitPort Visit IT Port of Trieste Visit Trieste, Italy. Sea king XV703 onboard
1994-aug-24DeploymentDeployment HR Dalmatian 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-julDeploymentDeployment HR Dalmatian coast UNPROFOR returned to the Adriatic with 814 NAS and 849 NAS embarked, to relieve HMS Illustrious. On station until 9 Dec 1995.
1995-decRefitRefit alongside in HMNB Portsmouth for maintenance period after Adriatic deployment, until Mar 1996.
1996-augDeploymentDeployment Task 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 VisitPort Visit ES Barcelona Harbour Barcelona visit to Barcelona, until 4 Dec 1997
1998-jan-09DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for Persian Gulf and Mediterranean deployment, supported by HMS Nottingham, HMS Coventry, RFA Fort Victoria and RFA Bayleaf.
1998-aug-28 HMNB Portsmouth International Festival of Sea Portsmouth on board Sea King XV664, ZE422
1999RefitRefit refit 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-21DeploymentDeployment Adriatic withdrawn from Kosovo theatre, to be replaced by RFA Argus on 1 Jun.
2001-mar-31 into extended readiness at HMNB Portsmouth until Jul 2001
2001-jul departed HMNB Portsmouth at end of Jul for Rosyth, to prepare for refit
2001-decRefitRefit refit at Rosyth, until Mar 2003, including removal of Sea Dart twin launcher.
2004-jul-04Port VisitPort Visit to New York, NY for Independence Day celebrations
2005-aug-03DecommissionedDecommissioned into low readiness reserve at HMNB Portsmouth
2010-sep-10StruckStruck Ended readiness reserve.
2011-apr-12Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped TR Aliaga Shipbreakers March 24 2011 Invincible hull was towed from Portsmouth harbour to Leyal Ship Dismantling and Recycling in Turkey for scrapping. Completed January 2012

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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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