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D96 HMS Gloucester

UK Royal Navy

D96 HMS Gloucester

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


History of UK HMS Gloucester D96

1979-oct-29Laid downLaid down
1985-julAircraftAircraft assigned Lynx HAS.2 XZ722 as 216 Flt / 410-GC by Jul 1985 to work up, until c Sep 1986
1990-julAircraftAircraft assigned 829 Sq Lynx HAS.3GM XZ720 as /410-GC, until c Apr 1991
1990-sepDeploymentDeployment Persian 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-25DeploymentDeployment fired 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 VisitPort Visit While 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-janAircraftAircraft assigned 815 Sq 217 Flt Lynx HAS.3GMS ZD253 as /410-GC, until c Jan 2001
2001-marDeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month East Africa, Indian Ocean and Far East deployment, returned Oct 2001
2001-jul-25Port VisitPort Visit MU Port Louis visited Mauritius, in company with FS Floreal for environmental and habitat protection work, until 30 Jul
2004DeploymentDeployment South 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-29DeploymentDeployment departed 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 VisitPort Visit MT Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta visit to Malta
2006-julDeploymentDeployment LB off Lebanon Operation Highbrow assisted in evacuation of British nationals from Beirut, during Israel-Lebanon war
2008-oct-04DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
2009-jun-11DeploymentDeployment South 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-20DeploymentDeployment South 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 VisitPort Visit present at ExpoNaval 2010 in Valparaiso, Chile, for a fortnight s visit
2011-may-24HomeportHomeport Returned to Portsmouth for final time, flying her decommissioning pennant.
2011-jun-30DecommissionedDecommissioned Decommissioned at HMNB Portsmouth
2015-sep-22Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped TR Aliaga Shipbreakers departed Portsmouth, for scrapping in Turkey

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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

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