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  • A171 HMS Endurance

    UK Royal Navy

    1967 to 1991    


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    Flight Deck: ED
    Call Sign: GXRH
    Shipyard: Lurssen (Kroeger Werft)


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    History of UK A171 HMS Endurance

    1955Laid downas mv Anita Dan
    1956-mayLaunchedas mv Anita Dan for Lauritzen Lines
    1967-decRefitHarland and Wolff Refit purchased by UK and into 11 month refit for Antarctic support operations and installation of a flight deck in Belfast until Oct 1968.
    1968-jun-27Commissionedby Royal Navy as Antarctic Support & Ice Patrol ship. Also known as the Red Plum.
    1974-jun-3RefitRefit at HMD Portsmouth, until 9 Sep 1974. Both Endurance Flight Whirlwind HAR.9s were disembarked at HMS Daedalus for the duration, re-embarking on 20 Sep.
    1974-oct-3Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 5 month deployment to the Antarctic, to be based locally at Port Stanley. Returned to Portsmouth on 20 Mar 1975.
    1974-oct-13Port Visitvisited Dakar for 4 days, en route South Atlantic, departing 16 Oct.
    1975-feb-19Port Visitvisit to Buenos Aires, until 24 Feb on northbound leg of deployment.
    1976-octDeploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month Antarctic support deployment. Returned to Portsmouth 23 May 1977.
    1978RefitHMD Chatham satellite communications systems added during refit at Chatham.
    1981-oct-13DeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth for South Atlantic patrol.
    1981-dec-13DeploymentSt Andrews Bay Accident while operating from the ship Endurance Flt Wasp HAS.1 XT418/435-E, rolled over following beach landing just to the west of the ships positon off South Georgia.
    1982-mar-21Deployment Operation Corporate ordered from her South Atlantic patrol station to South Georgia 21 Mar 1982, leaving theatre on 23 Jul, returning to Chatham on 20 Aug 1982.
    1982-apr-14DeploymentGrytviken Operation Paraquat Joined HMS Antrim, HMS Plymouth and RFA Tidespring for recovery of South Georgia.
    1982-jun-17Aircraftembarked 848 Sq A Flt Wessex HU.5 XS486/WW from RFA Regent in preparation for Operation Keyhole. Returned to RFA Regent on 24 Jun.
    1982-jun-18DeploymentSouth Thule Operation Keyhole ordered to South Thule, in company with HMS Yarmouth and supported by RFA Olmeda for its recovery.
    1985-mayPort VisitBMBermuda Dockyard Visited Bermuda
    1991DecommissionedDuring the Antarctic Summer of 1991/1992, the mv Polar Circle was chartered for Ice Patrol duties.



        from Endurance (1967)
    3600full load (tn)
    92.96length (m)
    14beam (m)
    5.50draught (m)
    14.50max speed (knots)
    1Naval Engine diesel
    2Naval Gun single 20 mm



        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wasp 22
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 22
    UK Royal Navy Westland Whirlwind 22

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    DE Lurssen (Kroeger Werft), Audorfer See

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