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  • D96 HMS Gloucester

    UK Royal Navy

    1985 to 2011    

    D96 HMS Gloucester


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    IMO: 4907086
    MMSI: 234595000
    Flight Deck: GC
    Call Sign: GBBF
    Shipyard: Vosper Thornycroft


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    History of UK D96 HMS Gloucester

    1979-oct-29Laid down
    1985-julAircraftassigned Lynx HAS.2 XZ722 as 216 Flt / 410-GC by Jul 1985 to work up, until c Sep 1986
    1990-julAircraftassigned 829 Sq Lynx HAS.3GM XZ720 as /410-GC, until c Apr 1991
    1990-sepDeploymentPersian Gulf Task Group 321.1 Armilla Patrol Deployed to reinforce Armilla Patrol after Kuwaiti annexation by Iraq. Joined by HMS Cardiff and HMS Brazen as part of TG 321.1, relieving HMS Battleaxe, HMS Jupiter and HMS York. HMS Gloucester was relieved by HMS Exeter, leaving theatre on 25 Feb and returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 25 Mar 1991.
    1991-feb-25Deploymentfired Sea Dart to down an Iraqi Seersucker missile, bearing down on USS Missouri (BB-63), the first validated operational missile-on-missile engagement, whilst on Armilla Patrol.
    1992-novPort VisitWhile deployed to the Adriatic to support NATO operations in Bosnia and as escort for RFA Argus, made the first visit to Albania since 1938.
    1999-janAircraftassigned 815 Sq 217 Flt Lynx HAS.3GMS ZD253 as /410-GC, until c Jan 2001
    2001-marDeploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month East Africa, Indian Ocean and Far East deployment, returned Oct 2001
    2001-jul-25Port VisitMUPort Louis visited Mauritius, in company with FS Floreal for environmental and habitat protection work, until 30 Jul
    2004DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. Operated around Falkland Islands between Dec 2004 and Mar 2005, relieving HMS Iron Duke and herself relieved by HMS Portland in Mar 2005.
    2006-mar-29Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth, as escort to HMS Illustrious (leading the Aquila 06 deployment to the Persian Gulf), and supported by RFA Brambleleaf, RFA Diligence and RFA Fort Victoria. Illustrious and Gloucester were detached in mid Jul and ordered back to Beirut, Lebanon.
    2006-apr-11Port VisitMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta visit to Malta
    2006-julDeploymentLBoff Lebanon Operation Highbrow assisted in evacuation of British nationals from Beirut, during Israel-Lebanon war
    2008-oct-4DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
    2009-jun-11DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Departed HMNB Portsmouth for APT(S) duty, relieving HMS Manchester on station c Jul until relived in turn by HMS York in Nov 2009. Returned to UK 21 Dec 2009.
    2010-aug-20DeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) left HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month deployment as APT(S) supported by RFA Black Rover, relieving HMS Portland and returning to UK on 11 Mar 2011.
    2010-nov-29Port Visitpresent at ExpoNaval 2010 in Valparaiso, Chile, for a fortnight s visit
    2011-may-24HomeportReturned to Portsmouth for final time, flying her decommissioning pennant.
    2011-jun-30DecommissionedDecommissioned at HMNB Portsmouth
    2015-sep-22Fate: scrappedTRAliaga Shipbreakers departed Portsmouth, for scrapping in Turkey



        from Type 42 (Batch 3)
    3880light (tn)
    5350full load (tn)
    141.10length (m)
    14.90beam (m)
    5.80draught (m)
    1Missile Launcher Sea Dart
    1Naval Gun Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch
    2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
    1Naval Radar air search radar Type 1022
    1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 996
    1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2016



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 11

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK Vosper Thornycroft, Woolston

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