1967 to 1991    

A171 HMS Endurance

UK Royal Navy

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


History of UK HMS Endurance A171

1955Laid downLaid down as mv Anita Dan
1956-mayLaunchedLaunched as mv Anita Dan for Lauritzen Lines
1967-decRefitRefit Harland 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-27CommissionedCommissioned by Royal Navy as Antarctic Support & Ice Patrol ship. Also known as the Red Plum.
1974-jun-03RefitRefit Refit 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-03DeploymentDeployment departed 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 VisitPort Visit visited Dakar for 4 days, en route South Atlantic, departing 16 Oct.
1975-feb-19Port VisitPort Visit visit to Buenos Aires, until 24 Feb on northbound leg of deployment.
1976-octDeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month Antarctic support deployment. Returned to Portsmouth 23 May 1977.
1978RefitRefit HMD Chatham satellite communications systems added during refit at Chatham.
1981-oct-13DeploymentDeployment Departed HMNB Portsmouth for South Atlantic patrol.
1981-dec-13DeploymentDeployment St 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-21DeploymentDeployment 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-14DeploymentDeployment Grytviken Operation Paraquat Joined HMS Antrim, HMS Plymouth and RFA Tidespring for recovery of South Georgia.
1982-jun-17AircraftAircraft embarked 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-18DeploymentDeployment South Thule Operation Keyhole ordered to South Thule, in company with HMS Yarmouth and supported by RFA Olmeda for its recovery.
1985-mayPort VisitPort Visit BM Bermuda Dockyard Visited Bermuda
1991DecommissionedDecommissioned During the Antarctic Summer of 1991/1992, the mv Polar Circle was chartered for Ice Patrol duties.

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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

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