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  • D89 HMS Exeter

    UK Royal Navy

    1980 to 2009    


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


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    History of UK D89 HMS Exeter

    1976-jul-22Laid downSwan Hunter (Wallsend) as first Batch 2 Type 42, Yard No. 101
    1981-junAircraft239 Flt allocated 815 NAS Lynx XZ733 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c Aug 1982
    1982-may-7Deployment Operation Corporate Departed St Johns, Antigua while West Indies Guardship for South Atlantic to replace HMS Sheffield, leaving theatre on 7 Jul 1982.
    1986-aprDeploymentGIGibraltar Harbour Guardship Operation Clover sent to Gibraltar until May 1986 to support protection of territorial waters and strengthen the Gibraltar Guardship
    1986-julAircraftLynx 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-15DeploymentPersian 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-3Port VisitAEJebil Ali emergency port visit for engine change, completed 5 Feb
    1991-julAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx ZD257 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c Jan 1993
    1993-janAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx XZ227 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c May 1993
    1993-mar-26Port Visit26-29 March Amsterdam, Netherlands embarked Lynx XZ227
    1993-mayAircraftallocated 815 NAS Lynx XZ690 as Exeter Flt/420-EX, until c Jan 1994
    1997Refitfor major refit, emerged Autumn 1998
    1997-marDeploymentALoff Durrës Operation Helvin ordered from Gibraltar area for Albanian coast to relieve HMS Birmingham, until 8 Apr.
    1999-febAircraftLynx XZ694 as 815 NAS Exeter Flt by Feb 1999
    2005-nov-21Port VisitMTGrand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta visit to Valletta, 815 Sq Lynx HMA.8 XZ692/363 embarked.
    2006-nov-27Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth, on deployment
    2007Refitat least Sea Dart removed, during alongside works.
    2008-jan-11Port Visitmoored alongside Royal Victoria Dock in Docklands for the 10 day London Boat Show 2008
    2008-may-26Port VisitTower 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 VisitSpiller's Wharf visited Tyneside, tied up alongside Spillars Wharf, Newcastle. Departed 23 Jun 2008.
    2008-julStruckFareham Creek placed in extended readiness at HMNB Portsmouth
    2011-junFareham Creek by Jun 2011 was laid up in Fareham Creek
    2011-sep-22Fate: scrappedTRAliaga Shipbreakers left Portsmouth Harbour under tow to Turkey (arrived 25 Oct), for scrapping - completed by 11 Apr 2012



        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



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 11

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    UK Swan Hunter (Neptune), Low Walker

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