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Report - HMS Plymouth - Birkenhead - April 2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by madspof, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. madspof

    madspof 28DL Full Member
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    Did this explore after taking a trip up north with nightvision. We initially went up for the chance of decent under ground explore in the Cheshire but this turned to be difficult access and we only had a certain amount of time.

    We then drove to liverpool looking at quite a lot of rooftops but again we were put off by that one due to the crap in the air that would spoil our shots anyway remembered about this place from when I was kid and turns out to be a cracking explore :).

    HISTORY

    HMS Plymouth

    HMS Plymouth is a ‘Rothesay’ class, type 12, anti-submarine Frigate. Her keel was laid down in Devonport
    on 1st July 1958 and she was launched just over a year later on 20th July 1959, the ceremony being carried
    out by Nancy, Viscountess Astor. Her fitting out was completed two years later in Plymouth, and she was
    commissioned on 11th May 1961. Powered by twin steam turbines, providing propulsion to two screws, she
    was capable of a top speed of 28 knots. Her dimensions are 370ft (113m) in length by 41ft (13m) breadth,
    with a draught of 17ft (5m) and a displacement of 2,800 tonnes. Armament consisted of two 4.5" guns,
    four 20mm guns. She carried a normal compliment of 250 officers and crew.
    Her first commissions as part of the 4th Frigate Squadron and the 22nd and 29th Escort Squadrons were
    to take her to the Far East, participating in various exercises and operations, before returning in 1966
    to the Naval Dockyard at Chatham for a substantial re-fit. Re-emerging in the January of 1969 the
    conversion work had entailed:-

    The provision of a flight deck for the Wasp helicopter along with the subsequent removal of one of the Mortars.
    The installation of a Sea Cat missile system to replace her 40mm guns, and a program of general modernisation
    work throughout the vessel.

    For the next few years she would spend time in the Indian Ocean, Far East, Australia and a
    number of European ports, before returning home to Devonport, for a re-fit.

    The next commission took HMS Plymouth to the West Indies for the first time, returning home eighteen
    months later in the February 1973. After a short period in Icelandic waters and the Mediterranean she
    docked in Gibraltar for further maintenance, returning to Britain on 11th December 1974. Leaving the
    UK in 1975 as a member of the 8th Frigate Squadron she participated in exercises in the Mediterranean,
    South China Sea and Australia, returning via the USA and Caribbean, before further exercises en-route
    back to Britain whilst crossing the Atlantic. The remainder of the decade she would be found in more
    local waters being engaged in coastal patrols as well as work in the Mediterranean and Atlantic.

    In 1977 HMS Plymouth was present at Spithead for the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, and in July
    1978 HMS Plymouth returned to the UK for a major re-fit, being re-commissioned on 23rd January 1981.

    Going South

    Falkland Sound - The calm before the storm
    HMS Plymouth participated in the 1982 Falklands Conflict. She sailed with Tide Class Tanker
    RFA Tidepool and County Class Destroyer HMS Antrim to South Georgia with Royal Marines and SAS aboard.


    On the 25th April 1982, HMS Antrim's Wessex Helicopter picked up the Submarine Santa Fe on Radar and it
    was subsequently spotted on the surface leaving Grytviken after landing reinforcements. The Santa Fe was attacked
    with depth charges which exploded close to her port outer casing, causing her to return to Grytviken badly damaged.
    She was further attacked by HMS Plymouth's Wasp Helicopter and HMS Endurance's Wasp firing their AS12 Rockets.

    HMS Plymouth and HMS Antrim then provided Naval Gunfire Support, and the Argentine Garrison at Grytviken then
    surrendered at approximately 1715hrs. Lt. Cdr Alfredo Astiz signed the surrender document in the Wardroom of
    HMS Plymouth on the 26th April.

    HMS Plymouth was then assigned to provide cover for the aircraft carriers and amphibious vessels and was the
    first vessel to enter San Carlos Water. On May 21st she came to the assistance of the bomb damaged Leander
    Class Frigate HMS Argonaut. HMS Plymouth was attacked herself on June 8th by five Mirage aircraft. Although
    she managed to damage two, HMS Plymouth was hit by four bombs and numerous shells.
    One shell hit her flight deck, detonating a depth charge and starting a fire. Another bomb entered her funnel and
    failed to explode, whilst the other two destroyed her anti-submarine mortar but also failed to explode. Five men were
    injured in the attack and HMS Plymouth was assisted in putting the fires out by HMS Avenger. She then underwent
    emergency repairs from the Stena Seaspread before rejoining the fleet. She then provided naval gunfire bombardment
    during the retaking of the island. HMS Plymouth left the Falklands with the County Class Destroyer HMS Glamorgan on
    June 21st, and returned to Rosyth on July 14th where she underwent full repairs. She had steamed 34,000 miles,
    fired over nine hundred 4.5 inch shells and destroyed five enemy aircraft.

    The ship now lies in a shipyard after being defaulted after the msem

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  2. The Kwan

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    Nice one, its good to see that she is still there after peels ducking and diving...her future is still uncertain...good work :thumb
     
  3. Leeds(Ex)plorer

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    pretty damn cool that mate, dont think ive seen pics from inside before
     
  4. Boba Low

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    Is that a toy gorilla on a turbine? Awesome
     
  5. madspof

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    Yep sure was think it was there from being a museum and the bottles of alcohol were full coloured water
     
  6. NightVision

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    Wicked stuff matey, Cool shots too. Apart from a few failure's and bad weather..it was a good night.

    kwan.. She's been sold for scrap ;-(
     
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    She hasnt apparently, peel holdings jumped the gun when they announced that they had sold her as scrap because they were refused an international tow licence because she still had live munitions onboard and loads of other stuff including asbestos lagging and hull damage so her fate still remains a mystery, did you get to visit the bronnington in the next dock when you were in birkenhead, prince charles's old boat.
     
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    Ahh! I stand corrected, that's interesting, so she could be sat there for a long while then.
    Didn't see the bronnington, is it definitely still there?. The next dock looked empty but we didn't have a proper look
     
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    yes Bronnington is still there listing badly and missing her forward bofor gun, but still worth a look if you are in the vicinity.
     
  10. Cuuvin

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    It Has ...:sad
     
  11. The Kwan

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    Dragging up an old thread but
    I Saw some more images of the Plymouths demise on Wikiwirral courtesy of a captain salim who I think works at the scrapyard
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    This is sad, I went to the museum a lot as a kid.
     
  13. NightVision

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    Such a shame
     
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