1976 to 1999    

D86 HMS Birmingham

UK Royal Navy

Flight Deck: BM
Call Sign: GQEN
Shipyard: Cammell Laird


History of UK HMS Birmingham D86

1972-mar-28Laid downLaid down Yard No. V.1358
1977-febTrialsTrials Undertook first of type Lynx HAS.2 deck landing trials with 700(L) IFTU.
1977-jun-25DeploymentDeployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Guardship for Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Ryde Sand
1977-augAircraftAircraft assigned Lynx HAS.2 XZ232/333-BM by Aug 1977 until at least Sep 1979.
1978-junDeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth as a late joiner to HMS Blake, the Flagship of Task Group 317.7, for a 6 month Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific group deployment. Returned to Portsmouth 12 Dec 1978.
1981-marRefitRefit Refit until c Mar 1982. Post refit trials shortened.
1982-jun-18DeploymentDeployment South Atlantic departed HMNB Portsmouth for South Atlantic in company with HMS Southampton, to relieve ships from Operation Corporate. Returned 17 Oct.
1985RefitRefit at Rosyth, amongst other things to fit for Lynx HAS.3, returned to Portsmouth 1988. Preparing for refit, 200 Flt Lynx transferred to HMS Ambuscade.
1987-octAircraftAircraft 815 Sq 241 Flt Lynx HAS.3 detached to RFA TIdespring until Dec 1987.
1988-sepAircraftAircraft assigned 815 Sq Lynx HAS.3 ZD256/333-BM until c Mar 1989
1990-julDeploymentDeployment Trinidad whilst on West Indies Guardship deployment, sent to Trinidad with RFA Oakleaf, as island government was under threat
1991 Adriatic for Op Sharp Guard interdiction of shipping believed to be supplying Serbia
1991-sep Armilla Patrol Departed Portsmouth for Armilla Patrol of Gulf region
1997-mar-14DeploymentDeployment AL off Durrës Operation Helvin stood off Durrës to support evacuation of British citizens until relieved on station by HMS Exeter.
1997-jun-23DeploymentDeployment ordered to the Albanian coast, subsequently relieved by HMS Exeter.
1998-augPort VisitPort Visit Portsmouth on board Lynx ZD264
1998-aug-28DeploymentDeployment HMNB Portsmouth International Festival of Sea Participated in IFoS 1998.
1999-mayPort VisitPort Visit MT Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta Valetta visited Malta
1999-dec-31DecommissionedDecommissioned at HMNB Portsmouth and steamed to HMD Devonport in Jan 2000 to be stripped of useful equipment.
2000-oct-20Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped ES Santander Port Breakers Yard sold and subsequently towed to Santander, Spain for scrapping

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Type 42 (Batch 1 and 2) class
3560light (tn)
4350full load (tn)
125length (m)
14beam (m)
5.80draught (m)
4000range (nm)
29max speed (knots)
50000power (shp)

2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Olympus
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Tyne
2Naval Engine propulsion system: COGOG

1Missile Launcher Sea Dart

4Chaff and decoys Seagnat

1Naval Radar air search radar Type 965
2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 909
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 1006
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 996
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2050

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