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1957   Laid Down 29th November  at John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank  
       
1959   Built John Brown's Shipyard, Glasgow 23rd March Launched.  
       
1960   Fri March 26th Ship Commissioned John Brown's Shipyard. The ship sailed through a typhoon in the China Sea where a number of American ships were lost and some of our own ships were damaged, particularly the carriers   On our immediate arrival in Hong Kong Naval Architects came onboard and found several large cracks where the upper deck joined with the bridge superstructure, just aft of the turret.   These defects were quickly welded up. Visit Colombo, Ceylon and the New Year in Singapore  
       
1961   Exercise Pony Express held in the South China Seas, May/June   
    We steamed up to the "Gulf" in June 61' when we were on our way to visit Australia from Japan.  
    Iraq was going to cross the border into Kuwait. At that time Kuwait was under British protection. The Iraqis backed off. We were there for about 2.5 months. It was nice and warm as those on board will remember. No Air-conditioning then, unless you were on the bridge, in the wardroom, or the officers cabins.  
       
    Commander "E" decided to hold a "Nuclear" war exercise, so after sweating it out for 2.5 months we were all shut down for a day. No fans, water tight doors shut, all at action stations.  
    After the all clear, "Phew" made it!! we made our way to Mombassa. On the way I was invited down to the DO'S cabin, mercy!!  Lt.: Phillips from memory I can remember the visit quite clearly. There he was sat down with his greatcoat on as the Air-conditioning was at + 18c where I was at + 35c with my boiler suit on (after coming off watch) he asked me if I wanted to sign on.  
    I didn't take up the offer.   
    Best regards,  
    Peter Brown. Buster. Yarmouth 1960-62.    
       
    June, Japan, August Mombassa 11th Dec arrive home  
       
1962   Dec 61 - July 62 Refit Devonport  
       
    Visit Gt. Yarmouth, OA Wozencroft died in accident on 4.5in gun.  
       
    July 1962 until April 1966 she was the leader of the 20th Frigate Squadron working out of Londonderry.  
       
1963   Went to the aid of the Trawler the "Royal Marine" on fire at sea, ships co awarded salvage money.  
       
1964   Londonderry Squadron   
       
1965   13 July  - at periscope depth 10 miles SE of Portland Bill collided with Sub Tiptoe  
       
1966   May  to September 1968 the ship went into refit in Portsmouth to be modernised with a flight deck to take a Wasp helicopter.  
       
1967      
       
1968   Re commissioned on the 1st October   
       
    15 Nov Wasp , ditched in Lyme Bay   
       
    Beira Patrol   
       
1969   Feb...Apr..Gibraltar Guard ship just days after Franco closed Border  
    with Spain. High period of Tension. Provided transport for departing Governor ... Royal Anglian Regiment lined streets, Two RAF Hunters flew overhead and Gib's guns went pop. Border was closed for some thirteen years  
       
    April Visit to Great Yarmouth Jun to Sep Double dose of Beira Patrol as Cathedral Class relief dropped a screw. 113 days at sea. Mombasa then 40 plus after part of the 1st Destroyer Squadron  
       
    November. Australia... Salt Water somehow appeared in boilers and kept us away from exercises and a longer stay in port.  
       
1970   Apr 13 ...Back on Beira with Rothsay...   
       
    RESCUE back Stop for APOLLO 13 MOON shot...ONLY RN ships involved in Inter planetary space program.  
       
    June/July Cowes Week Guard ship  
       
    November 9th  provided assistance to Ark Royal after she collided with a Russian Destroyer  
       
1971   February Portsmouth and Newcastle  
       
    Sunderland  
       
    Madeira  
       
    Refit Rosyth Ship becomes Rosyth based  
       
    HMS Yarmouth boat crew was the first General Service ship to wear berets  
       
1972   Portland Workup  
       
1973   Guard Ship in Gibraltar during February  
       
    Avon mouth docks, Bristol (Summer) (John Bryant) I left the duck for release in Jan 72. the duck came into Avon mouth docks, Bristol in the summer of 73,I met her as she came in and was invited onboard by the captains leading steward, names gone, he came from Preston Lancs. in MQs in Chatham. any road I went down my old messdeck 3E gunners mess, I was well looked after by old and new shipmates, TASO heard I was onboard and came down the mess, we cracked a few cans. The duck had a ships dance at the Mecca in Bristol that night and TASO invited me and an oppo.It was a great night.  
       
    Oct/November Cod War, Ship hit by massive wave causing damage to upper deck.  
       
1974   Visit Gt. Yarmouth  
       
    August 1974 to May 1975 Refit Rosyth  
       
1975   On 17th July crashed into the jetty at Pompey.  
       
    limp back to Rosyth for repairs  
       
    Portland doing post refit work-up (BOST ?) when one of the boilers failed.    
       
    We limped back to Rosyth again only to find that on arrival, the boilermakers had been rushed over to Faslane to carry out emergency repairs on a Leander frigate that had been badly damaged during a tour of duty in the seas around Iceland.  
       
     We were ordered to make our way from Rosyth to Faslane (over the top). The weather / seas were awful and by the time we finally got to Faslane the boilermakers had all gone back to Rosyth. Our skipper refused to go back over the top and we were eventually diverted to Birkenhead.   
       
1976   18th Feb - 2nd March Icelandic Patrol  
       
    February 24th collided with the Icelandic Gunboat Thor   
       
    February 28th collided with the gunboat Baldur.  
       
    26 Aug Wasp  crashed into Firth of Forth during a families day   
       
1977   JUNE 28 1977 SILVER JUBILEE SPITHEAD REVIEW SAW US ON FISH PATROL IN NORTH SEA BUT PROMISED THE HONOUR OF ROYAL ESCORT FOR  THE QUEEN IN HMY BRITANNIA ON HER EAST COAST VISITS. ANCHORED IN THE  WASH, PAINT SHIP MEET HM IN IPSWICH. FORY NOT BEST PLEASED WITH OUR APPEARANCE, OUT PAINT BRUSHES.   
    NEXT CALL HULL WHERE WE MANAGED TO LOSE LUBE OIL WITH NO MORE ONBOARD, URGENT CALL TO POMPEY TO RUSH BY ROAD TO US. RUMOUR HAS IT THAT IT WAS ON THE HUMBER BRIDGE WHEN A RELIEVED FORY CALLED IN A REPLACEMENT FOR US, EURYLAS I BELIEVE AND WE WENT BACK TO FISH PROTECTION AS A TOTAL HERRING BAN HAD JUST COME. THIS WAS THE DUTCH ARREST ON JULY 2. SO ENDED OUR  VERY BRIEF ROYAL CONNECTION.  
       
    THE COMMANDING OFFICER FOR THE AMOCO CADIZ DISASTER WAS COMMANDER ALGERNON FITZROY-STEWART AND HE TOOK CONTROL DESPITE THE FRENCH SHIP BEING SENIOR AS HE OWNED THE HELICOPTER!  
       
1977   Lisbon, Gibraltar, Naples and Mombassa   
       
    July 2nd ANOTHER Dutch trawler was arrested today off the North-east coast of Scotland by a navy frigate on protection duty. The 130-foot Maria was escorted in to Aberdeen harbour by the frigate Yarmouth. It is believed she was arrested for contravening the new 200-mile herring fishing limit.   
       
1978   March 16th,On hand after the tanker Amoco Cadiz ran aground off Ushant and helped to clean up some of the leaking oil  
       
    Refit Rosyth  
       
1979   Refit Rosyth  
       
1980   Refit Rosyth   
       
1981   Refit Rosyth, January - May was spent doing sea trials  
       
    Friday 19th June Re commissioned  
       
    September-October Portland  
       
1982   Falklands War,    
       
    1st March sail Rosyth for Gibraltar and operation Springtrain, Gulf Patrol and Far East Trip. Rerouted to Falklands after visit to Gibraltar  
       
    May 1st Arrived in the Total Exclusion Zone  
       
    May 4th Sheffield Hit, Alongside fighting fires, attack enemy Submarine  
       
    May 9th Take HMS Sheffield in Tow  
       
    May 10th HMS Sheffield Sinks  
       
    May 21st Alongside HMS Ardent to transfer survivors after attack.  
       
    May 22nd Air cover San Carlos  
       
    May 23rd forced MV Monsunen aground SE Falklands  
       
    May 23rd - June 20th San Carlos by day Naval Gunfire Support for troops by night  
       
    June 20th Retake Southern Thule  
       
    July 7th return home  
       
    November 22nd Hit astern by HMS Minerva in Portland  
       
    Assist in Salvage of St Ola (Ferry Fire) ships co awarded salvage money.  
       
1983   Fire onboard at Rosyth  
       
    Gibraltar, Punta Delgado, Bermuda, Key West in Ouches Rios in Jamaica, Belize, Tam Pico in Mexico, Corpus Christi in Texas, Grand Cayman, Kingston in Jamaica, Belize, Freeport in Grand Bahamas, Baltimore in Maryland USA, San Juan in Puerto Rico, St Croix in the American Virgin Islands   
       
    Falklands Patrol  
       
1984   February Antigua   
       
    Jacksonville in Florida for 6 days  
       
    Freedom of City Gt. Yarmouth  
       
1985   January - February COST - Portland  
       
    March - April Visit Hamburg then Exercise Cold Winter - Arctic/Northern Norway  
       
    July, Guard Ship, Fastnet Race. Last Visit to Great Yarmouth  
       
    October/December 1985 STANAVFORMED - Gib/La Spezia/Palermo/Alicante/Taranto/Tangier/Gib  
       
1986   February/March 1986 Exercise Cold Winter - Arctic/Northern Norway      
       
    April 30th Pay Off (Decommissioned) HM Naval Base Rosyth  
       
1987   June 16th Sunk as a Target by HMS Manchester  

 

 

 

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