1980 to 2009    

D89 HMS Exeter

UK Royal Navy

Flight Deck: EX
Call Sign: GVUJ
Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Neptune)


History of UK HMS Exeter D89

1976-jul-22Laid downLaid down Swan Hunter (Wallsend) as first Batch 2 Type 42, Yard No. 101
1981-junAircraftAircraft 239 Flt allocated 815 NAS Lynx XZ733 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c Aug 1982
1982-may-07DeploymentDeployment Operation Corporate Departed St Johns, Antigua while West Indies Guardship for South Atlantic to replace HMS Sheffield, leaving theatre on 7 Jul 1982.
1986-aprDeploymentDeployment GI Gibraltar Harbour Guardship Operation Clover sent to Gibraltar until May 1986 to support protection of territorial waters and strengthen the Gibraltar Guardship
1986-julAircraftAircraft Lynx XZ733 as 815 NAS Exeter Flt by Jul 1986 (possibly only seen at Yeovilton, having returned from conversion, still in Exeter Flt markings ?)
1991-jan-15DeploymentDeployment Persian Gulf Armilla Patrol Departed Portland for Armilla Patrol duties with 815 NAS Lynx /420 embarked, in company with HMS Brave, HMS Brilliant and RFA Bayleaf (and joined later by HMS Manchester), to relieve HMS Gloucester, HMS Cardiff and HMS Brazen on station.
1991-feb-03Port VisitPort Visit AE Jebil Ali emergency port visit for engine change, completed 5 Feb
1991-julAircraftAircraft allocated 815 NAS Lynx ZD257 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c Jan 1993
1993-janAircraftAircraft allocated 815 NAS Lynx XZ227 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c May 1993
1993-mar-26Port VisitPort Visit 26-29 March Amsterdam, Netherlands embarked Lynx XZ227
1993-mayAircraftAircraft allocated 815 NAS Lynx XZ690 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c Jan 1994
1997RefitRefit for major refit, emerged Autumn 1998
1997-marDeploymentDeployment AL off Durrës Operation Helvin ordered from Gibraltar area for Albanian coast to relieve HMS Birmingham, until 8 Apr.
1999-febAircraftAircraft Lynx XZ694 as 815 NAS Exeter Flt by Feb 1999
2005-nov-21Port VisitPort Visit MT Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta visit to Valletta, 815 Sq Lynx HMA.8 XZ692/363 embarked.
2006-nov-27DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth, on deployment
2007RefitRefit at least Sea Dart removed, during alongside works.
2008-jan-11Port VisitPort Visit moored alongside Royal Victoria Dock in Docklands for the 10 day London Boat Show 2008
2008-may-26Port VisitPort Visit Tower Bridge Upper visited Pool of London alongside HMS Belfast and departed 29 May. Visit also arranged for launch of James Bond novel, Devil May Care.
2008-jun-20Port VisitPort Visit Spiller's Wharf visited Tyneside, tied up alongside Spillars Wharf, Newcastle. Departed 23 Jun 2008.
2008-julStruckStruck Fareham Creek placed in extended readiness at HMNB Portsmouth
2011-jun Fareham Creek by Jun 2011 was laid up in Fareham Creek
2011-sep-22Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped TR Aliaga Shipbreakers left Portsmouth Harbour under tow to Turkey (arrived 25 Oct), for scrapping - completed by 11 Apr 2012

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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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