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Report - HMS Plymouth frigate, Birkenhead wirral, march 2012

The Kwan

Easily Led
Regular User
#1
The shit has now hit the fan for this poor Frigate and it has been sold to a Turkish Scrap dealer and is due to be towed to Turkey in September to be deconstructed but a LAST ditch effort to keep her in one piece and in the UK has been launched by the save HMS plymouth group who want to take Her back to Plymouth as a training ship, so given that some of my images have been used by the media in the effort to drum up publicity I dont see any problems in posting this report.

This Fantastic ship was damaged during the Falklands conflict and ultimately saw the Argentine surrender signed onboard in her wardroom.

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some History

During her lifetime, Plymouth served in a variety of locations, including the Far East and Australia. She saw action in the Cod Wars between the United Kingdom and Iceland and also the Falklands War in 1982.
Plymouth was one of the first Royal Navy ships to arrive in the South Atlantic following the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Plymouth alongside Antrim, Brilliant and Endurance took part in the recapturing of South Georgia on 28 April during Operation Paraquet. Plymouth landed Royal Marines from her Westland Wasp helicopters and bombarded Argentine troop positions on the island. Later her Wasp helicopter took part in an attack on the Argentinian submarine Santa Fe, which was badly damaged and later captured by Royal Marines.

Plymouth rejoined the task force and supported troops on the ground by bombarding Argentine troop positions with her 4.5-inch (114 mm) guns.
On June 8, Plymouth was attacked by Dagger fighter bombers of FAA Grupo 6. Able Seaman Phil Orr fired her Sea Cat missile system at them, claiming the destruction of two aircraft. Later it was determined that no Dagger was lost in action that day.[1]
Plymouth was hit by four bombs and several cannon shells. One bomb hit the flight deck, detonating a depth charge and starting a fire, one went straight through her funnel and two more destroyed her Limbo anti-submarine mortar. All of the bombs failed to explode. Five men were injured in the attack.
The wardroom of the Plymouth was where the surrender of Argentine Forces in South Georgia was signed by Lieutenant Alfredo Astiz.[citation needed] She returned to Rosyth Dockyard after the war for full repair and refit
The following year, Plymouth served as the West Indies guard ship. On 11 March 1984 Plymouth was involved in a collision with the German Köln-class frigate Braunschweig and in 1986 she suffered a boiler room fire, killing two sailors.

so some pictures

HMS Plymouth in better times..image thanks to wikipedia



and when she was hit during the Falklands conflict

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This is the moment that The Argentine surrender was signed onboard HMS Plymouth, Historic stuff indeed

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and some images from the present day

At her present berth in Wirral awaiting her fate
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Her 4.5" guns that did see plenty of action

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This is the mechanism that sits below the Guns and feeds it the huge shells up from her shell store
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some mortars that had the primers in a bucket on the floor near by
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Along her main corridor that was called "Armada way" she was in fantastic condition

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This was her Naafi, here we found plenty of old brands and lots of old Foreign cigarettes
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The comms room
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Acommodation Royal Navy style
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Depending on who you are ofcourse
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Back on Deck under the Gun at the forward end
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Depth Charge deployment for those pesky subs
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The hangar that housed the Wasp Helecopter
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Aft Deck
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Her Funnel and masts
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Check the sickbay and the bar room on the video


and video from a second visit, engine room and accomodation



also visit the FB page to see the campain group who are trying to raise the £400,000 that is needed to buy her https://www.facebook.com/groups/savehmsplymouth/

HMS PLYMOUTH is the last remaining warship of her type and ironically it is the 30th anniversary of her service in the Falklands and also the year of her likely demise....sadness Sadness if we lose this fantastic piece of our Heritage..shame on the powers that be :(

thanks for looking
 

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The Kwan

Easily Led
Regular User
#2
Sorry to dig up a post that is a few years old but Just by way of an update, This Ship is going sometime this week or next and Peel have confirmed to the press that it is imminent, apparently there is a huge crane and some monster tugs around her but the HMS Plymouth Trust is having one last go to save her but it doesnt look good, there have been some protesters standing on the lift and swing bridges that open into the river from the docks during high tide times to prevent them opening and taking her away should it actually happen this time.
Plymouth Herald
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/HMS...rapped-weeks/story-22752635-detail/story.html

HMS Plymouth Trust facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/HMS-Plymouth-Trust/103981619746637
 

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