D86 HMS Birmingham

UK Royal Navy

1976 to 1999    


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Flight Deck: BM
Call Sign: GQEN


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1972-mar-28Laid down
1977-febTrialsUndertook first of type Lynx HAS.2 deck landing trials with 700(L) IFTU.
1977-jun-25Deployment Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Guardship for Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Ryde Sand
1977-augAircraftassigned Lynx HAS.2 XZ232/333-BM by Aug 1977 until at least Sep 1979.
1978-junDeploymentdeparted 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 until c Mar 1982. Post refit trials shortened.
1982-jun-18DeploymentSouth Atlantic departed HMNB Portsmouth for South Atlantic in company with HMS Southampton, to relieve ships from Operation Corporate.
1985Refitat 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-octAircraft815 Sq 241 Flt Lynx HAS.3 detached to RFA TIdespring until Dec 1987.
1988-sepAircraftassigned 815 Sq Lynx HAS.3 ZD256/333-BM until c Mar 1989
1990-julDeploymentTrinidad whilst on West Indies Guardship deployment, sent to Trinidad with RFA Oakleaf, as island government was under threat
1997-mar-14DeploymentALoff Durrës Operation Helvin stood off Durrës to support evacuation of British citizens until relieved on station by HMS Exeter.
1997-jun-23Deploymentordered to the Albanian coast, subsequently relieved by HMS Exeter.
1998-augPort VisitPortsmouth on board Lynx ZD264
1998-aug-28DeploymentHMNB Portsmouth International Festival of Sea Participated in IFoS 1998.
1999-mayPort VisitMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta Valetta visited Malta
1999-dec-31Decommissionedat HMNB Portsmouth and steamed to HMD Devonport in Jan 2000 to be stripped of useful equipment.
2000-oct-20Fate: scrappedESSantander Port Breakers Yard sold and subsequently towed to Santander, Spain for scrapping



    from 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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