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HMS Londonderry
1st Commission
1960 - 1962

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Derry showing her paces

HMS Londonderry after conversion.

1960 - 1964 8th F.S., Home & West Indies.

1965 - 1967 Far East. Indonesian confrontation patrolling the Malacca Straits and on Beira patrols.

1967 - 1969 Modernisation at Rosyth.

1970 Far East, taking part in the Indonesian Confrontation. Then the Beira Patrol and eventually to the Bahamas where she rescued 148 Cuban refugees.

1975 - 1979 Refitting at Rosyth for service as Trials Ship for A.S.W.E.
Ivan Winter WSTG 19/6/61 - 13/3/96 <http://www.wstg.co.uk/ivan's%20page.htm>
The 1978 refit of HMS Londonderry saw some considerable changes to this Rothesay class anti submarine frigate. She was fitted out as a trials ship for ASWE. A third mast was fitted to carry the TYPE 1030 STIR radar, the gun was removed, a new propulsion system was fitted to check the quietness of waterjets and a CAAIS system was fitted to improve the ability to handle the amount of information being generated. I was involved in co-ordinating the CAAIS fit with the Dockyard technical officers. CAAIS stands for Computer Aided Action Information System and was a Ferranti designed system. STIR stood for Surveillance and Target Indication Radar and was developed into Types 1022, interim STIR by HSA and 1030 by Marconi using back to back antennas.

1979 Recommissioned at Portsmouth as Radar Training Ship.

1981  
24 Aug 1981 Portsmouth
14-18 Sep 1981 Trials
18-20 Sep 81 Portsmouth
20-26 Sep 81 Portland
26-30 Sep 81 St Malo
01-20 Oct 81 Portsmouth
22-27 Oct 81 Aberdeen
28 Oct-3 Nov 81 Rosyth
03-13 Nov 81 JMC
13-16 Nov 81 Rosyth
16-19 Nov 81 Green Seas Trials
19-22 Nov 81 Devonport
22-27 Nov 81 Trials
27 Nov-31 Dec 81 Portsmouth
1982  
01-11 Jan 82 Portsmouth
11-15 Jan 82 Trials
15-18 Jan 82 Devonport
18-22 Jan 82 Trials
22-25 Jan 82 Devonport
25-30 Jan 82 Trials
31 Jan- 02 Feb 82 Portland
02-08 Feb 82 Portsmouth
12 Feb 82 Ponta del Garda
18-19 Feb 82 Bermuda
22-25 Feb 82 St Croix (US Virgin Islands)
27 Feb 82 Grand Turk
01-04 Mar 82 Freeport (Bahamas)
05-15 Mar 82 Mayport (Florida)
18-21 Mar 82 Bermuda
31st March 82 Commission extended due Falklands conflict.
31 Mar-04 May 82 Portsmouth
04-07 May 82 Trials DTS
07-10 May 82 Portsmouth
10-14 May 82 Trials DTS
14-17 May 82 Portsmouth
17-20 May 82 Nav Trg
20-24 May 82 Portsmouth
24-28 May 82 Nav Trg
28-31 May 82 Falmouth
01-02 Jun 82 Dartmouth
02-04 Jun 82 DTS
04-07 Jun 82 Devonport
07-12 Jun 82 Nav Trg/MEAC
12-17 Jun 82 Antwerp
19-28 Jun 82 Kiel Week (100) (In lieu HMS Antrim, Arethusa & Rhyll)
01-05 Jul 82 Portsmouth
05-08 Jul 82 Nav Trg
08-19 Jul 82 Portsmouth SMP
19-22 Jul 82 Trg
22-27 Jul 82 Falmouth
25 July 82 Start Tall Ships Race - Falmouth
27-30-Jul 82 Nav Trg
30 Jul-02 Aug 82 Swanage
02 Aug-20 sep 82 Portsmouth AMP
20 Sep-01 Oct 82 NT/MEAC
01-04 Oct 82 Portsmouth
04-07 Oct 82 NT/MEAC
07-11 Oct 82 Portsmouth
11-15 Oct 82 NT/MEAC
15-22 Oct 82 Kingston upon Hull
23-28 Oct 82 Portsmouth
1-03 Nov 82 Gibraltar
05-09 Nov 82 Nice
10-11 Nov 82 Corsica
12-16 Nov 82 Palma Mallorca
19-23 Nov 82 Lisbon
26-29 Nov 82 Portsmouth
29 Nov-02 Dec 82 Nav Trg
02-06 Dec 82 Devonport
06-09 Dec 82 Nav Trg
09-31 Dec 82 Portsmouth
1983  
01-06 Jan 83 Portsmouth
17 Jan 83 Roosevelt Roads
18-19 Jan 83 Virgin Gorda
20-24 Jan 83 San Juan
29 Jan-07 Feb 83 Pensacola
11-16 feb 83 New Orleans
19-21 Feb 83 Great Stirrup Cay
04-07 Mar 83 Portsmouth
07-11 Mar 83 Nav Trg
11-15 Mar 83 Portsmouth
17-21 Mar 83 Portrush (NI)
23-24 Mar 83 Portsmouth
25-30 Mar 83 Amsterdam
31 Mar-15 Aug 83 Portsmouth Repairs
15-19 Aug 83 Shakedown
19-23 Aug 83 Falmouth
24 Aug-02 Sep 83 Portsmouth
03-06 Sep 83 Devonport
09-12 Sep 83 Gibraltar
12-16 Sep 83 Trials
16-19 Sep 83 Gibraltar
19-23 Sep 83 Trials/Passage
23-26 Sep 83 Portsmouth
26 Sep-06 Oct 83 PWO(N)
06 Oct 83 Rosyth
06-07 Oct 83 PWO(N)
07-10 Oct 83 Newcastle
10-14 Oct 83 PWO(N)
14-31 Oct 83 Portsmouth AMP
02-07 Nov 83 Arlberg (Denmark)
07-20 Nov 83 ARCC/SNAPS/SLAVA (Surveillance/escort of Soviet Warship in UK waters
20-24 Nov 83 ARCC/SNAPS
25-29 Nov 83 Rosyth
01-31 Dec 83 Portsmouth
1984  
01-20 Jan 84 Portsmouth
02-08 Feb 84 Barbados
10-13 Feb 84 San Juan
13-16 Feb 84 Exercise Areas
17-20 Feb 84 Virgin Gorda
24 Feb-05 Mar 84 Charleston
08-12 Mar 84 Bermuda
20 Mar 84 Devonport
22-26 Mar 84 Cuxhaven
27-29 Mar 84 Portsmouth
29 Mar 84 Families Day
29-31 Mar 84 Portsmouth
31 March 84 Paid off and converted to Harbour Training Ship for H.M.S. Sultan 1984 - 1988
25 June 89 Sunk as surface target off Scotland

The early 1982 visit across the Atlantic was by way of a "Paying Off" Cruise. Londonderry borrowed a 30mm Rardon cannon to enable her to take up the role of West Indies Guard Ship. The 1983 crossing was as consort to HMS Fearless in her role as DTS. As a result of the effectiveness of the two ships operating together, the Derry was programmed to accompany Fearless in 1984. However, Fearless's involvement in the Lebanon crisis in late 1983 meant that she was not ready to resume the role of DTS in time. The 6th Frigate Squadron stepped into the breach and a reformed Dartmouth Training Squadron, comprising HM Ships Berwick, Londonderry, Plymouth (F6) and  Torquay, sailed in company across the 'pond'.

Due to pay off initially on 31st March 1982, the ship was immediately reactivated as the Dartmouth Training Ship and accommodation modified to suit. She continued in this role until Fearless returned from the Falklands conflict and had had time to recover.

'Slava' refers to the Soviet warship of that name which the Londonderry shadowed down the Atlantic coast of Ireland.

Abbreviations:
NT or Nav Trg - Navigation Training
MEAC - Marine Engineering Application Course
JMC - Joint Maritime Course
PWO(N) - Principal Warfare Officer(Navigation) Course - the equivalent to the 'Long N' course
ARCC - As Required Commodore Clyde.

Early and final references are from British Warships since 1945 (Frigates) by Mike Critchley.
1981 - 1984 details kindly provided by Peter Ritchie MEO HMS Londonderry 1981-84



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2nd Commission 1963 - 1965 Ships Company Photograph kindly donated by Ray Nicholls,
ex AB of Derry's 1965-1967 commission. rnicholls880@btinternet.com

HMS Londonderry (F108) off Miami 1964

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Derry being helped alongside at Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.

Derry being helped alongside at Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.


3 Masted Ship

HMS Londonderry emerges from a four year refit in Rosyth.
She now has three masts, a distinction she shared with HMS Victory and HMY Britannia
Picture: PO(Phot) Len Cobbett.

HMS Londonderry 1984

HMS Londonderry, Portsmouth 1984


Last Position

On June 25th 1989 HMS Londonderry having come to the end of her useful life was disposed of as a target. Sunk by a combination of missiles, bombs and gunfire in position 59° 45' 12"N 009° 59' 6"W (JMO Training Staff, RAF Turnhouse, 4.7.89). Off the North West of Scotland, (Chart 1129 - Banks North West of the Hebrides) near a charted depth of 1141 metres (624 fathoms). The chart below is an extract from the official wreck chart of the area provided by http://www.wrecksite.eu/Wrecksite.aspx under licence from the UKHO.

Chart 1129
© British Crown Copyright, 2012.



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'Derry' Cutting the mustard
Any further pictures or details will be much appreciated.

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