• Helicopter books
  • Books
  • Helicopter patches
  • Patches
  • Oil & Gas
  • Wind Energy
  • Urban air mobility
  • Air Ambulances
  • Model kits
  • Kits
  • Mobile APP

  • R06 HMS Illustrious

    UK Royal Navy

    1982 to 2014    

    R06 HMS Illustrious


    Login to Edit

    IMO: 8949563
    MMSI: 234601000
    Flight Deck: L
    Call Sign: GVUN
    Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Wallsend)
    See Also: CV Illustrious class R87


    Help Us

    Add new event for this unit
    Month: <- (1/12) Optional
    Day: <- (1/31) Optional
    Add Event

    History of UK R06 HMS Illustrious

    1976-oct-7Laid downSwan Hunter (Wallsend) Yard No. 102
    1978-dec-14Launchedfitted out by Swan Hunter at the ex-Vickers-Armstrong yard at High Walker.
    1982-jun-20Commissionedat sea, underway. Formally commissioned on 20 Mar 1983, after her maiden deployment.
    1982-aug-2DeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth on her 1st operation, to relieve HMS Invincible on 27 Aug in the South Atlantic, following Operation Corporate. Joined en route by HMS Amazon as escort. Returned to UK 8 Dec.
    1984-jul-16Trialstrials for Sea Harrier launched Sea Eagle missile system culminated in sinking of HMS Devonshire as a target.
    1986-apr-3RefitAccident departed HMNB Portsmouth on 2 Apr for GLOBAL 86 deployment. On 3 Apr, coming up to full revolutions, an explosion of gear box oil vapour led to a serious fire. Returned to Portsmouth and repairs to starboard gearbox and forward gearing room lasted until mid Jul.
    1986-jul-14AircraftSea Kings of 814 NAS HQ Flt embarked for pre-deployment work-up.
    1986-jul-21Deploymentto Far East and Australia for the GLOBAL 86 deployment with 814 NAS HQ Flt and 849 NAS A Flt embarked, returning to Portsmouth on 18 Dec 1986.
    1986-aug-18DeploymentSGSembawang naval base GLOBAL 86 caught up with GLOBAL 86 Task Group at Singapore, after a 4 month delay in Portsmouth
    1986-aug-26DeploymentGLOBAL 86 departed Singapore to meet RFA Olmeda in the South China Sea and recover the 2 Sea Kings of 814 NAS detached to her.
    1986-oct-4Port Visit Fleet Review: 75th anniversary of RAN participated in celebrations for 75th anniversary of Royal Australian Navy at Sydney, during GLOBAL 86 deployment.
    1986-nov-14Port Visitvisited Bombay (Mumbai) during GLOBAL 86 deployment.
    1991-sepRefitGoalkeeper update refit Goalkeeper until Sep 1993 at HMD Devonport.
    1995-febDeploymentHRDalmatian coast UNPROFOR to the Adriatic to relieve HMS Invincible. On station until Jul 1995, when relieved by HMS Invincible.
    1995-dec-9DeploymentHRDalmatian coast IFOR (implementation force) relieved HMS Invincible, on station as Flagship of UK Adriatic Task Force supporting IFOR, until Feb 1996 when she returned to the UK.
    1996 IFOR (implementation force) in Adriatic sea
    1996-junOperation Purple Star, Westlant
    1997-jan-13Deploymentdeparted UK for a Far East deployment
    1999-sep-28Port VisitNLAmsterdam Harbour from 28 September to 1 October Amsterdam, Netherlands. on board Sea King from 820Sqn. and 849Sqn. XV649 : XV650 : XV706 : XZ571 : XZ574 : ZA128 : ZA133 : ZD630 : ZD633 : ZE420. Plus 7 Sea Harrier from 801Sqn.
    2000-jan-17Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for a Persian Gulf deployment, returning, after diversions on 14 Jun.
    2000-may-8DeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Palliser from standing off Lisbon, ordered off Freetown Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser, arriving on 12 May with seven Sea Harriers, six Harriers and five Sea Kings embarked.
    2001-aug-24Port VisitHMNB Portsmouth IFoS 2001 International Festival of Sea 2001 Present at IFoS Portsmouth.
    2001-sep-3Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for Persian Gulf and exercise Saif Sareea II. Remained in area following 9/11 attacks in the US as a contingency but relieved by HMS Ocean in Jan 2002.
    2002-decRefitHMD Rosyth Merlin upgrade refit Refit at Babcock Rosyth until Nov 2004 to convert for Merlin operations and remove Sea Dart twin launcher with its Type 909 fire direction radar.
    2006-mar-29DeploymentAquila 06 departed HMNB Portsmouth (814 NAS Merlin and 849 NAS A Flt Sea King embarked), leading the Aquila 06 deployment to the Persian Gulf, escorted by HMS Gloucester and supported by RFA Brambleleaf, RFA Diligence and RFA Fort Victoria. Gloucester and Illustrious were later detached and ordered back to Beirut, Lebanon.
    2006-julDeploymentLBoff Lebanon Operation Highbrow assisted in evacuation of British nationals from Beirut, during Israel-Lebanon war
    2006-nov-10Port VisitGreenwich Reach moored on the Thames at Greenwich Reach. Eventually departed 15 Nov.
    2007-jul-7AircraftUSMC Osprey first landing on a non-US ship
    2008-febDeploymentEx Orion 08 left HMNB Portsmouth after some false starts due to defects, as flagship of Task Group 328.01, for the Orion 08 deployment. Embarked 6 Merlin HM.1 of 814 NAS, plus 849 NAS A Flt. Until 31 May
    2008-feb-26Port VisitMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta Ex Orion 08 entered Malta, escorted by HMS Edinburgh. Departed 29 Feb.
    2008-may-13Port VisitEx Orion 08 four day visit to Instanbul, to host HM The Queen and President of Turkey on 15 May. On 14 May, a fault with an aircraft tug almost dragged 814 NAS Merlin ZH835 / (2)70 over the side. The tug and driver were recovered. Departed 18 May.
    2008-jul-25Port VisitHMNB Portsmouth Meet Your Navy 2008 At HMNB Portsmouth, 25-27 Jul for Meet Your Navy 2008
    2009-may-6Port VisitGreenwich Reach visited London for Fly Navy 100 (celebrating 100 years of the Fleet Air Arm), moored at Greenwich Reach on the River Thames. Departed 10 May 2009.
    2009-oct-5Deployment Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 participated in Ex JW 09-2, initially on the River Clyde with 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3S(ICE) XZ246/434-EE and 849 NAS Sea King ASaC.7 ZE418/186 embarked
    2010-feb-8Refitafter entering Crombie for de-storing, HMS Ilustrious began a 16 month refit at Babcock in Rosyth, departing 20 Jun 2011.
    2011-decPort Visitvisited Hamburg, following completion of post refit training
    2012-feb-3Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 8 week cold weather work up off northern Norway
    2012-feb-29Port Visitvisited North Shields for 4 day visit to Tyneside, departed on 3 Mar.
    2012-mar-9NOHarstad collided with tug in Harstad (Norway) and holed twice above waterline. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 18 Mar for repairs.
    2012-sepTrialsfirst of type trials for Merlin HM.2 ZH826 for 12 day performance assessment period, off Plymouth
    2012-oct-1Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 3 month Cougar 12 deployment in the Mediterranean, with a detachment of Apache from 656 Sq AAC, Merlins from 814 NAS, 2x ASaC Sea Kings from 854 NAS and a mixed detachment of 845 NAS and 846 NAS Commando Sea Kings. Also deployed were HMS Bulwark, HMS Montrose and HMS Northumberland, with RFA Mounts Bay and mv Hartland Point in support.
    2012-nov-19Port VisitMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta Grand Harbour 5 day visit to Valletta, Malta, including 2 day Ship Open to Visitors, departing 23 Nov.
    2013-feb-14Port VisitPier Head Cruise Liner Terminal to Liverpool for 5 day visit including Ship Open to Visitors on 16 and 17 Feb.
    2013-apr-26Port VisitIEDublin Port Alexandra Basin on completion of Exercise Joint Warrior, visited Dublin and departed 29 Apr
    2013-may-8Port VisitGreenwich Reach moored on the Thames at Greenwich Reach, for Battle of the Atlantic commemorations. Eventually departed 14 May.
    2013-aug-12Deployment Cougar 13 departed HMNB Portsmouth for Gulf, Red Sea and Horn of Africa to participate in Ex Cougar 13. Embarked a Merlin from 829 NAS and 3x Lynx Mk.9A from 659 Sq AAC. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 10 Jan 2014.
    2013-oct-24DeploymentPersian Gulf transit through the Strait of Hormuz, escorted by HMS Montrose, as part of Cougar 13 deployment. Attached to CTF-150. Ordered to Philippines on 14 Nov.
    2013-nov-25DeploymentRPVisayan Sea Typhoon Haiyan relief operations arrived in the Philippines to relieve HMS Daring, during the humanitarian mission to assist after Typhoon Haiyan with an 829 NAS Merlin, 3x 845 NAS Commando Sea Kings and 3 Lynx AH.7 of 659 Sq AAC. Departed 11 Dec.
    2014-junPort VisitPTJardim do Tabaco Lisboa visit to Cruise Terminal, Lisbon after Exercise Deep Blue, departed 26 Jun
    2014-jun-16NEWS Royal Navy Merlin Mk2 in Exercise Deep Blue
    2014-jul-18Port Visitdeparted Rosyth in early hours of 18 July
    2014-jul-22HomeportReturned to HMNB Portsmouth for final time
    2014-aug-28Decommissioneddecommissioned at HMNB Portsmouth
    2016-dec-7Fate: scrappedTRAliaga Shipbreakers departed Portsmouth for final time under tow for Turkey and scrapping. Arrived at Aliaga on 27 Dec; scrapping completed by 22 Jun 2017.



        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



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 012
    UK Royal Navy AW EH101 012

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK Swan Hunter (Wallsend), Wallsend

    share     facebook     twitter     linkedin