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Postby shipstamps » Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:44 am

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Built as an anti submarine frigate by Swan Hunter, Tyne for the Royal Navy.
29 March 1984 laid down.
08 April 1986 launched under the name HMS COVENTRY (F98), one of the Batch 2 Type 22 Broadsword Class frigate. She was launched by the management of Swan Hunter at 3am on 8 April 1986 in order to avoid an industrial dispute. The naming ceremony was held the next day.
Displacement 4.100 tons standard, 4.800 tons full load. Dim. 485.55 x 48.35 x 21ft. (draught full load).
Powered by GOGOG 2 x Rolls-Royce TM3B Olympus gas turbines 25.000 shp. each, 2 x Rolls Royce RM1A Tyne gas turbines. Speed 30 knots. Bunker capacity 900 tons.
Armament GWS 25 Seawolf SAM system (2 x 6). GWS50 Exocet SSM system (4 x 1). 2 – 40mm guns.2 – 3 ASTT, STWS-2.
Two Lynx HAS2 helicopters.
Crew 273. 14 October 1988 commissioned.
Joined the Sixth Frigate Squadron after completion and based at Devonport. She was used in a wide range of rolls. Did see service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Her last deployment was to the Caribbean
3 September 2001 a helicopter from the HMS COVENTRY assisted in the seizure of £40 million worth of cocaine in a combined operation with the Brazilian authorities after a dramatic chase through islands and swamps off the coast of Belize
Her last voyage steamed she 24,500 miles.
21 Jan. 2002 decommissioned at Devonport. At that time she had steamed more than 425.000 miles.
It was the first COVENTRY what was paid off, all the previous COVENTRY’s were lost at sea in battle.
09 September 2004 commissioned in the Romanian Navy at Portsmouth, renamed REGELE FERDINAND (F221).
After she was decommissioned was she sold to Romania., Her Seawolf missiles launchers and trackers were removed, leaving her without any missile system. A new missile system will be added at a Romanian shipyard, and after a major upgrade on 20 July 2004 she made trials designed to demonstrate to the 40 Romanian representatives on board that all the systems were in good working order.
After her upgrade she need a crew of 203.
2008 Still in service.
Auke Palmhof
Source; Royal Navy Frigates since 1945 by Leo Marriott. Marine News 2001/652.

Ships Monthly Nov. 2004. Some web-sites.
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