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Report - HMS Plymouth (F126) - September 2012 - Multiple Visits - PIC HEAVY!

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  1. Millhouse

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    Recently we’ve made a few trips out to see the HMS Plymouth, which currently resides in a private dock awaiting a decision to be made on its fate. The threat of scrapping is being fought by a group who are trying to raise enough money to buy the ship from the current owners, Peel Ports, and save it for use of training purposes. The ship is an ex-Navy frigate which played a part in various missions, perhaps most notably the Falklands war where it was in the wardroom of the Plymouth that the Argentinians formally surrendered. It’s quite a fascinating thing to explore, to see all of the dated equipment, cramped living spaces, and of course the massive guns (which are small compared to larger battle ships). Almost every hatch in the floor leads down to something new, and you find rooms you wouldn’t expect in unusual places - although I’m sure they were likely put in these places for a reason. There are plenty of the hatches aswell, taking you right down into the depths of the ship. The utilisation of space really is incredible, virtually no space or corner is left unused.


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    History:

    HMS Plymouth is a Rothesay-class Frigate which served in the Royal Navy from 1959 to 1988. The Plymouth served in various locations throughout the world, including Australia and the far east, and provided crucial support in the Falklands war in which Argentinians invaded the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

    During the Falwlands war HMS Plymouth landed Royal Marines using Westland Wasp helicopters and attacked Argentine troops. The Wasp helicopters also took part in an attack on the Argentinian submarine Santa Fe, which was damaged heavily resulting in its capture by Royal Marines. furthermore the ship supported ground troops by bombarding enemy positions with fire from the 4.5” guns. Reportedly, around 900 shells were fired by the Plymouth during the Falklands war.

    The Plymouth sustained heavy damage throughout its active service life. On 8th June 1982 it was attacked by five Dagger fighter bombers, which hit the ship with four bombs and several cannon shells. The bombs failed to explode, however upon impact one bomb caused a depth charge to explode on the flight deck causing a fire. Two more bombs destroyed the ship’s Limbo anti-submarine mortar. Five men were injured during the attack, but the fire was extinguished and the ship survived.

    The Plymouth was decommissioned on 28 April 1988, and was used between 1990-2006 as a display ship and museum.



    General characteristics (from Wikipedia):

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    Class and type:
    Rothesay-class frigate

    Displacement:
    2,150 tons standard
    2,560 tons full load

    Length:
    370 ft (110 m)

    Beam:
    41 ft (12 m)

    Draught:
    17.3 ft (5.3 m)

    Installed power:
    30,000 shp (shaft Horse Power) (22,000 kW)

    Propulsion:
    Y-100 plant
    2 × Babcock and Wilcox boilers
    2 × English Electric steam turbines
    2 × shafts

    Speed:
    30 knots (56 km/h)

    Range:
    400 tons oil fuel, 5,200 nautical miles (9,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)

    Complement:
    152, later 225, modified to 235

    Sensors and processing systems -
    Electronics (as built):
    Radar Type 293Q target indication
    Radar Type 227Q height finding
    Radar Type 275 fire control on director Mark 6M
    Radar Type 974 navigation
    Type 1010m Cossor Mark 10 IFF
    Sonar Type 174 search
    Sonar Type 162 target classification
    Sonar Type 170 attack

    Sensors and processing systems -
    Electronics (as modified):
    Radar Type 993 target indication
    Radar Type 903 fire control on director MRS3
    Radar Type 978 navigation
    Type 1010 Cossor Mark 10 IFF
    Sonar Type 177 search
    Radar Type 162 target classification
    Radar Type 170 attack

    Armament (as built):
    1x Vickers Ltd twin 4.5 inch gun Mark 6
    1x 40mm Bofors gun Mark 7
    2x Limbo anti-subamrine mortar Mark 10
    12x 21 inch anti-submarine torpedo tubes (removed or never shipped

    Armament (as modified):
    1x Vickers Ltd twin 4.5 inch gun Mark 6
    1x 40mm Bofors gun Mark 7
    2x Limbo anti-subamrine mortar Mark 10
    12x 21 inch anti-submarine torpedo tubes (removed or never shipped)
    1x Sea Cat GWS-20 Surface-To-Air missile
    2x 20mm Oerlikon guns
    2x 8-barrel 3 inch Knebworth/Corvus countermeasures launchers

    Aircraft carried:
    Westland Wasp helicopter
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    HMS Plymouth on fire after the Dagger fighter bomber attack. (Source: Wikipedia)

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    Argentinian naval officer Alfredo Astiz surrenders in the ship's wardroom

    It’s a brilliant experience to get on board a ship like this and have free roam, as obviously you get to see all the bits that were closed off to the tour while it was open as a museum. You can really imagine how it would have been to live and work on the ship.


    Starting on deck.


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    The Bridge.


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    Endless radar systems, control panels, weapons firing stations, communications rooms, monitoring stations…


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    The workings of the twin 4.5 inch guns. Cartridges and shells were lifted up from separate rooms two stories below the upper deck (pictured immediately below). They were sent round to either side of the room on the red rails - shells on top, cartridges below - then lifted up to the gun.


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    Gun barrels.


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    The Captain Of Gunhouse seat - directly behind the gun barrels

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    The Captain Of Turret seat - looking out over the deck with windows on three sides


    Shell Magazine.


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    Shells were raised to the upper deck using the green hoist

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    Inventory.​
     
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    Cartridge Magazine.


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    The engine room. The ship was powered by two steam turbines creating 30,000 shp.


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    The gearbox on the left, and turbine on the right.
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    Various other rooms - sick bay, cabins, mortar and Sea Cat stores, boiler rooms…


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    Sea Cat casings. The missiles were lifted using a crane installed on the ceiling.

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    Part of the huge boiler room

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    Beds - walk through the door at the end of the beds and you're in the engine room.

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    The electricity generation room - there are two of these huge V8 engines installed.

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    Mortar projectile room inventory.

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    Thanks for looking!​
     
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    The ship
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    Engine room Bunkhouse
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    Engine room
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    Bridge
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    Wardroom
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    Corridor
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    Naval guide
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    X-ray of a skull in Sick-bay
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    Cheers all - I'll drop in the last pics I got developed today.

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