1990 to 2011    

F87 HMS Chatham

UK Royal Navy

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


History of UK HMS Chatham F87

1986-may-12Laid downLaid down Swan Hunter (Neptune) Yard No. 126
1988-jan-20LaunchedLaunched 14th and final Type 22 frigate, launched by Lady Oswald
1989-aprTrialsTrials Sea trials, c 10 days
1990-novPort VisitPort Visit Portland Harbour BOST Undergoing Basic Sea Training at Portland until Dec 1990.
1991-janAircraftAircraft allocated Sea King HAS.6 ZA167/131 of 826 NAS for Ships Flt until c Jan 1992
1992-oct-21DeploymentDeployment First RN Vessel to exercise with a Russian warship. Recovered a Ka-27 with a Russian VIP visitor to the ship.
1993-janAircraftAircraft allocated 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-julAircraftAircraft allocated 819 NAS Sea King HAS.6 XV696/699-PW for Ships Flt until c Aug 1994.
1994-aprDeploymentDeployment 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 VisitPort Visit HK Victoria Harbour arrived in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong to support the British Transfer of Sovereignty to China on 30 Jun.
2000-mayDeploymentDeployment SL Freetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser.
2002-sep-16Port VisitPort Visit IT Augusta relieved by HMS Edinburgh from Standing Naval Force Mediterranean duty at Augusta (Sicily).
2003-jan-16DeploymentDeployment 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-decDeploymentDeployment Operation Garron ordered 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.
2005-feb-25AircraftAircraft 204 Flt assigned to 815 Squadron
short term assignment of Lynx HMA.8 ZF563 as Ships Flt / 349, until mid Mar.
2006-junDeploymentDeployment South Atlantic Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Assigned as APT(S) Jun to Sep 2006, relieved by HMS Edinburgh
2006-jun-01Port VisitPort Visit Fleet Review: 50th Anniversary of Nigerian Navy joined celebrations for Golden Jubilee of Nigerian Navy, with RFA Gold Rover.
2007-jul-06Port VisitPort Visit Vlissingen, Netherlands for navy days 2007. For Michiel de Ruyter 400th anniversary.
2008-marDeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for a 7 month anti-drugs and anti-piracy deployment to the Arabian Gulf, returning on 22 Oct 2008.
2010-jan-05DeploymentDeployment left 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-21DeploymentDeployment Rescue 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-octAircraftAircraft assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ698 as Chatham Flt/348-CM, until Dec 2010.
2011-jan-20Port VisitPort Visit arrived in North Shields (Tyneside) for a 4 day farewell visit, prior to decommissioning.
2011-jan-26Port VisitPort Visit returned to HMNB Devonport for the last time, to pay off.
2011-feb-08DecommissionedDecommissioned 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 2018.
2013-apr Fareham Creek by Apr 2013 was laid up in Fareham Creek
2013-jul-27Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped TR Aliaga 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.

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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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