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Report - HMS Plymouth (F126), Birkenhead - September '11

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Xan_Asmodi, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Xan_Asmodi

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    Visited with ex0, Tweek, Ojay, Leaf, Kromax

    Kromax, ex0 and I have had this on the list since we cracked Bronington in July. After speaking to Ojay about it, we decided to get it done.

    The night started off with Tweek and I at the pub, we all met up and rolled off into the night - and past a custody suite - 6 deep to do the Bronington. After almost getting spotted with all six of us dicking around on the crane for a group shot, we decideded to GTFO and head over to 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 theconversion 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.

    At present HMS Plymouth is berthed in Vittoria Dock, Birkenhead waiting her fate. There is a rumour going around that as soon as the dry dock is empty across the Mersey, she will be the next vessel to go under the scrapyard cutters. Most of the artifacts are still onboard, and if she is due to be turned into razor blades there is a possibility that they will be lost forever.













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