HMS Jupiter (F60)

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HMS Jupiter

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Laid down: 3rd October 1966
Launched: 4th September 1967
Commissioned: 9th August 1969
Decommissioned: 22nd April 1992
Fate: Sold for scrap
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HMS Jupiter (F60) was a Leander-class frigate of the Royal Navy (RN). She was, like the rest of the class, named after a figure of mythology. Jupiter was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders of Scotstoun. She was launched on the 4th September 1967 and commissioned on the 9th August 1969.

In 1970, Jupiter deployed to the West Indies, a common duty for the RN, and which continues to the present-day (2004). In 1971, Jupiter joined Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT), a multi-national squadron of NATO. In 1972, Jupiter was again present in the West Indies. The following year, Jupiter took part in the Second Cod War. Jupiter then visited Africa on her way to the Far East and Pacific, and when she reached the Far East, Jupiter did a variety of duties, including performing fly-the-flag visits to numerous ports. Jupiter also visited Christchurch, New Zealand during the 1974 Commonwealth Games. She also visited the American naval base at Pearl Harbour where some propulsion problems were sorted out. HRH The Prince of Wales joined Jupiter in January 1974, and remained on Jupiter until her return to the UK later that year.

In 1977, Jupiter took part in the annual Group Deployment, performing naval exercises and visiting ports in South America and West Africa. Jupiter also took part in the last, so far, Fleet Review of the Royal Navy, in celebration of HM the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Later that year, Jupiter became the Gibraltar Guardship. In 1978, Jupiter joined the 7th Frigate Squadron.

In 1980, Jupiter's modernisation commenced, and included the addition of the SeaWolf missile system, as-well as the removal of her single 4.5-in twin turret in favour of the Exocet anti-ship missile. The modernisation was completed in 1983. In 1986, Jupiter deployed to the Persian Gulf, and while there, helped in the evacuation of British nationals from the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, after a bloody campaign to overthrow the government of that country began.

By the early 1990s, Jupiter was starting to age, though she was still a reliable vessel. During the First Gulf War, Jupiter was on Armilla Patrol, which was created in 1980 in response to the increased danger posed by the Iran-Iraq War to British interests. Her last deployment came in late 1991 to early 1992 when she deployed to the South Atlantic. Jupiter decommissioned in 1992. She was sold for scrap in 1997.

See HMS Jupiter for other ships of the name.


Leander-class frigate
Achilles | Ajax | Andromeda | Apollo | Arethusa | Ariadne | Argonaut | Aurora | Bacchante | Charybdis | Cleopatra | Danae | Dido | Diomede | Euryalus | Galatea | Hermione | Juno | Jupiter | Leander | Minerva | Naiad | Penelope | Phoebe | Scylla | Sirius

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