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F99 HMS Cornwall

UK Royal Navy

F99 HMS Cornwall

MMSI: 234583000
Flight Deck: CW
Call Sign: GDLU
Shipyard: Yarrow


History of UK HMS Cornwall F99

1983-dec-14Laid downLaid down
1985-oct-14LaunchedLaunched aka the Fighting Ice Cream or the Fighting 99
1988-apr-23CommissionedCommissioned in Falmouth
1990-aprAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HAS.3S XZ237/412-CW for Ships Flt until c Dec 1990
1990-jun-22Port VisitPort Visit 22+23 June participated with Fleet Days Den Helder Netherlands. On board Lynx HAS.3 XZ237.
1990-decAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HAS.3 XZ234/412-CW for Ships Flt until c Apr 1991
1991-julAircraftAircraft allocated Sea King HAS.6 XZ571/136 of 826 NAS for Ships Flt until c Jun 1992
1992DeploymentDeployment West Indies Guardship (exact dates uncertain)
1992-julAircraftAircraft allocated Sea King HAS.6 XV696/132 of 826 NAS B Flt, for Ships Flt until c Dec 1992
1993-janAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HAS.3S ZD259/412-CW for Ships Flt until c Apr 1993
1993-aprAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HAS.3GMS ZD255/412-CW for Ships Flt until c Mar 1995
1993-may-29Port VisitPort Visit Cruise Terminal Battle of the Atlantic 50th Led Battle of the Atlantic 50th Anniversary commemorations.
1994-octDeploymentDeployment Deployment to Arabian Gulf with HMS Cardiff, as part of US Operation Vigilant Warrior in support of Kuwait.
1995RefitRefit HMD Devonport RP1 refit at Devonport (exact dates uncertain)
1996-febAircraftAircraft allocated 810 Sq Sea King HAS.6 XV660/511-CW as Ships Flt until c May 1997
1996-jul-26Port VisitPort Visit RU St Petersburg Port Russian Navy 300th anniversary 5 day visit to St Petersburg, departed 30 Jul.
1997-junAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HMA.8 ZD566/412-CW for Ships Flt until Dec 1997
1998-feb-16DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport on Atlantic and West Africa maritime security deployment with Sea King of 810 NAS embarked. Returned to UK Aug 1998.
1998-feb-19DeploymentDeployment SL Freetown Port Freetown and Islands Operation Resilient Ordered to make for Sierra Leone for humanitarian support. Relieved HMS Monmouth on station, on 23 Feb. Ships Flt Sea King instrumental in airlifting medical supplies and food to island communities on Bo, Kenema and Makeni. Continued on original deployment on 20 Mar.
2000DeploymentDeployment Departed Plymouth for NTG 2000 deployment ( old ocean wave) first stop Gib then on to Haifa, Oman, Singapore, Manila, Tokyo, Pusan, Shanghai, Vladivostok across the international date line to Honolulu, San Diego, Venezuela then across the Atlantic home to Plymouth
2000-jul-03DeploymentDeployment FF2000 Exercise Flying Fish 2000 Participated in FF2000
2001-junAircraftAircraft assigned 810NAS B Flt Sea King HAS.6 XV711/515-CW as Ships Flt until c Mar 2002
2002-mayAircraftAircraft embarked Sea King as Ships Flt ZA169/515-CW from 771 NAS B Flt until c Oct 2002.
2003-jan-16DeploymentDeployment departed UK with a Lynx HAS.3 and a Lynx HMA.8 embarked, for Gibraltar arriving 19 Jan. Later relieved by HMS Westminster.
2003-jun-03Port VisitPort Visit MT Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta for visit to Grand Harbour, Malta.
2005-octAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HMA.8 XZ725/412-CW for Ships Flt until damaged in Feb 2006. For repair.
2006-may-29AircraftAircraft 815 NAS Cornwall Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked is XZ725/412-CW
2006-augAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HMA.8 ZD261/437 (on short term loan) for Ships Flt, until c Oct 2006
2006-novAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HAS.3S XZ692 (on short term loan) for Ships Flt, until c Dec 2006
2006-decAircraftAircraft return of Lynx HMA.8 XZ725/412-CW for Ships Flt until c Jun 2007
2007-jan-22DeploymentDeployment northern Persian Gulf CTF 158 Operation Telic left HMNB Devonport for 8 month deployment, supported by RFA Fort Austin, to the northern Persian Gulf as part of CTF 158 (relieved by HMS Richmond on 17 Jul), returning on 26 Aug 2007.
2007-febPort VisitPort Visit MT Grand Harbour / il-Port il-Kbir / Valletta visited Valletta, Malta
2007-mar-23DeploymentDeployment IQ Shatt al-Arab platforms Dispute 15 of the Ships Company detained by The Islamic Republic of Iran in an alleged violation of territorial waters dispute near the mouth of Shatt al-Arab. Released 5 Apr.
2008-mayAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HMA.8 XZ689/338 for Ships Flt until c Jun 2008 (on loan from Campbeltown Flt).
2008-sep-23Port VisitPort Visit DE Hamburg Port 4 day visit to Hamburg, departed 26 Sep.
2008-oct-04DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
2008-decAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HMA.8 ZD258/412-CW for Ships Flt, until c Dec 2009
2009-apr-28DeploymentDeployment 8 month counter-piracy deployment via Mediterranean to Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf and off Somalia as flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, returning to Devonport on 10 Dec 2009.
2009-aug-11AircraftAircraft SNMG2 / CTF508 hosted a Chinese PLAN delegation aboard, in the Gulf of Aden to discuss counter-piracy operations. Delegation visited in Harbin Z-9 9636 from PLANS Zhoushan.
2010-febAircraftAircraft allocated Lynx HMA.8 ZF560/412-CW for Ships Flt, until c May 2010
2010-apr-24Port VisitPort Visit 5 day visit to Falmouth, with Ship Open to Visitors on 25 Apr.
2010-jul-23Port VisitPort Visit 4 day visit to Fowey, with Ship Open to Visitors on 24 and 25 Jul, departed 26 Jul.
2010-oct-28DeploymentDeployment Combined Task Force 151 Departed HMNB Devonport for the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa on a 6 month anti-piracy and maritime security mission as Command Ship for Combined Task Force 151.
2011-apr-25Port VisitPort Visit Visited Falmouth for final time before decommissioning.
2011-apr-26Port VisitPort Visit Returned to Devonport for final time, prior to decommissioning.
2011-jun-30DecommissionedDecommissioned at HMNB Devonport, in advance of her planned out of service date, following the Oct 2010 Defence Review. In 2004, planned decommissioning date had been 2015.
2011-jul-13 Ships company marched through Truro in a Freedom of the Duchy of Cornwall ceremony
2011-oct-25 Ship s Bell handed over to Truro Cathedral.
2012-feb-15 ships hull towed from Devonport to Portsmouth Harbour, arriving 16 Feb, to be stripped before sale or scrapping
2013-apr Fareham Creek by Apr 2013 was laid up in Fareham Creek
2013-jul-27 sold for scrap to Swansea Drydock Ltd
2013-oct-24Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped Queens Dock Breakers Yard departed Portsmouth under tow on 24 Oct, for Swansea to be scrapped, arrived Swansea 30 Oct. Interior strip out complete and moved to dry dock for dismantling 21 May 2014.

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Type 22 (Batch 3) Cornwall class
4900full load (tn)
148.10length (m)
14.80beam (m)
6.40draught (m)
4500range (nm)
30max speed (knots)

2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Spey
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Tyne
2Naval Engine propulsion system: COGAG

2Missile Launcher Mk 141 quad Harpoon
2Missile Launcher Sea Wolf

1Naval Gun Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch
4Chaff and decoys Seagnat
1Chaff and decoys towed decoy Type 182

2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 911
1Sonar towed array sonar Type 2031
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2050

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