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  • F87 HMS Chatham

    UK Royal Navy

    1990 to 2011    


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    Flight Deck: CM
    Call Sign: GABL
    Shipyard: Swan Hunter (Neptune)


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    History of UK F87 HMS Chatham

    1986-may-12Laid downSwan Hunter (Neptune) Yard No. 126
    1988-jan-20Launched14th and final Type 22 frigate, launched by Lady Oswald
    1989-aprTrialsSea trials, c 10 days
    1990-novPort VisitPortland Harbour BOST Undergoing Basic Sea Training at Portland until Dec 1990.
    1991-janAircraftallocated Sea King HAS.6 ZA167/131 of 826 NAS for Ships Flt until c Jan 1992
    1992-oct-21DeploymentFirst RN Vessel to exercise with a Russian warship. Recovered a Ka-27 with a Russian VIP visitor to the ship.
    1993-janAircraftallocated ex HMS Cornwall Sea King HAS.6 XV696/132 of 826 NAS for Ships Flt until c Jul 1993, when 819 NAS took on the parent role.
    1993-julAircraftallocated 819 NAS Sea King HAS.6 XV696/699-PW for Ships Flt until c Aug 1994.
    1994-aprDeployment Operation Sharp Guard involved in challenging the Maltese registered mv Lido II heading for Montenegro with a cargo of fuel oil, violating the conditions of the UN commercial embargo.
    1997-junPort VisitHKVictoria Harbour arrived in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong to support the British Transfer of Sovereignty to China on 30 Jun.
    2000-mayDeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser.
    2002-sep-16Port VisitITAugusta relieved by HMS Edinburgh from Standing Naval Force Mediterranean duty at Augusta (Sicily).
    2003-jan-16Deployment Operation Telic to support combat operations in Iraq including twin helicopter operations from the single spot flight deck and Naval Gunfire Support, returned to the UK 7 Aug 2003.
    2004-decDeploymentordered to east coast of Sri Lanka, with RFA Diligence, to assist in humanitarian operations following the tsunami, triggered by the Banda Aceh (Indonesia) earthquake of 26 Dec 2004.
    2006-junDeploymentSouth Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Assigned as APT(S) Jun to Sep 2006, relieved by HMS Edinburgh
    2006-jun-1Port Visit Fleet Review: 50th Anniversary of Nigerian Navy joined celebrations for Golden Jubilee of Nigerian Navy, with RFA Gold Rover.
    2007-jul-6Port VisitVlissingen, Netherlands for navy days 2007. For Michiel de Ruyter 400th anniversary.
    2008-marDeploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for a 7 month anti-drugs and anti-piracy deployment to the Arabian Gulf, returning on 22 Oct 2008.
    2010-jan-5Deploymentleft HMNB Devonport for a 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf, Horn of Africa and Somali Basin on anti-piracy patrols as part of Ocean Shield, returned 30 Jul 2010.
    2010-may-21DeploymentRescue Ships Flt Lynx recovered 23 crewmen from the mv Dubai Moon (crippled by a tropical storm), over a period of several hours, returning them in batches to HMS Chatham.
    2010-octAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ698 as Chatham Flt/348-CM, until Dec 2010.
    2011-jan-20Port Visitarrived in North Shields (Tyneside) for a 4 day farewell visit, prior to decommissioning.
    2011-jan-26Port Visitreturned to HMNB Devonport for the last time, to pay off.
    2011-feb-8Decommissionedat HMNB Devonport, in advance of her planned out of service date, following the Oct 2010 Defence Review. In 2004, planned decommissioning date had been 2018.
    2013-aprFareham Creek by Apr 2013 was laid up in Fareham Creek
    2013-jul-27Fate: scrappedTRAliaga Shipbreakers sold for scrap to Layal, Turkey. Departed Portsmouth under tow on 8 Oct 2013 and arrived Aliaga on 23 Oct 2013. Disposal complete by 12 Feb 2014.



        from 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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    UK Swan Hunter (Neptune), Low Walker

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