HMS Phoebe (F42)

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HMS Phoebe
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Laid down: 25th July 1963
Launched: 19th December 1964
Commissioned: 15th May 1966
Decommissioned: 14th February 1991
Fate: Sold for scrap
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HMS Phoebe (F42) was a Leander-class frigate fo the Royal Navy (RN). She was, like the rest of her class, named after a figure of mythology. She was built by Vickers on the Tyne. She was launched on the 19th December 1964 and commissioned on the 15th May 1966.

In the year of her commission, Phoebe helped in the emotionally charged Withdrawal from Aden in 1967. In 1969, Phoebe took part in the 20th Anniversary of NATO Fleet Review, which was held at Spithead, famous for the many Fleet Reviews that has been held there in the past.

In 1971, Phoebe deployed to the West Indies. That same year, Phoebe was guardship during talks between UK Prime Minister Heath and US President Nixon. In 1973, Phoebe took part in the Second Cod War, during the fishing disputes with Iceland.

In 1974, Phoebe commenced her modernisation, which including altering her weapons configuration. Her single 4.5-in twin turret was removed in favour of the Exocet anti-ship missile system, giving her a powerful anti-surface capability. The amount of SeaCat missiles she carried was increased. The modernisation was completed in 1977. She subsequently took part in the Silver Jubilee celebrations, being part of the last Fleet Review of the Royal Navy so far, and of which many warships attended from a variety of nations.

In 1978, Phoebe patrolled in the Caribbean and subsequently joined Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT), a multi-national squadron of NATO. In that year, Phoebe had the distinction of becoming the first frigate to operation the Westland Lynx attack helicopter, which remains in service, though obviously of a newer variant.

In September 1982, Phoebe deployed to the South Atlantic in the aftermath of the Falklands War, and performed a number of duties, though mainly patrolling in that region. In 1984, Phoebe completed her towed array sonar refit. In 1988, Phoebe took part in the rescue effort in the tragic aftermath of the Piper Alpha oilrig explosion in the North Sea, which killed 167 people. Phoebe decommissioned in 1991 and was sold for scrap the following year.

See HMS Phoebe for other ships of the name.


Leander-class frigate
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