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Minerva Itinerary


All information gratefully received. Come on! someone must know where she went for the rest of her naval career?

Built by: Vickers Armstrong; Laid down: July 25th 1963, launched Dec 19th 1964, commissioned: May 14th 1966

1966

April 15th, Commissioned, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Hit Sirius on entering Plymouth

Portland

N.Atlantic

 

See "First Commission" (updated 14.2.08, crew list added)

1967

Jan sailed for Far East via Gib, Cyprus, Aden

Mombasa

Beira Patrol

Singapore

Hon Kong

Fremantle

Aden withdrawal

Mombasa

Beira patrol (helicopter ditched with 3 weeks mail)

(incident with French oil tanker)

Simonstown (briefly)

Freetown

 

1968

Jan Return to Portsmouth

4 month refit

June- West Indies

Oct - Dry Dock, Sea Trials at Chatham

Dec - Portland work up

1969

Jan - Portland work up

Feb - West Indies, - Azores, Bermuda, Antiga, Anguilla, Roosevelt Roads, Montserrat, Trinidad, Grenada, San Juan, St Luica, Belize, Puerto Cortes, Mobile, Key West, Freeport

July - return from W.Indies. Chatham dry dock, 

Sea trials

Portland work up

Chatham Xmas leave (and Isaac joins)

 

1970

Gibraltar: shadowing Moskva; plane guard for HMS Eagle;

Tromso

Thorshavn

Cape Verde Islands

Ascension Island

St Helena

Simonstown

Beira patrol

LAST TOT 

Singapore

Solomon Islands: Gizo; Yandina; Kira Kira

Lo Island

Auckland

Dunedin (NZ)

Sydney

Bunbury (WA)

Freemantle

Singapore

1971

Madras

Simonstown

Sierra Leone

Gibraltar

Chatham

Portland

Madeira (Funchal)

Simonstown

Beira patrol

Mombasa

Bahrain

Mombasa

1972

Simonstown

Buenos Aires

Montevideo

Rio de Janeiro

Salvador

Portsmouth

Chatham (and Isaac leaves)

Antwerp

Nov HRH the Prince of Wales joins Minerva

1973

Bermuda. 

Exercise "Rum Punch",

Montserat, 

Dominica, 

San Juan, 

Grand Turk, 

South Caicos 

Freeport, 

AUTEC Range. 

Cartagena, 

Exercise "Colombritex". Bermuda, 

Antigua weapon training,

San Juan, 

Rendezvous Bay. 

St Kitts, 

Nevis, 

Rendezvous Bay, 

Anguilla, 

Roosevelt Roads, 

San Juan, 

Barbados, 

Chatham Bay -Grenadines.

Grenada, 

Nassau, 

Grand Caymen, 

La Guaira-Venezuela, Maracaibo-Venezuela, 

St Vincent. 

Ex "Doria Salute 2", 

San Juan, 

Bermuda, 

Portsmouth- New Hampshire, 

Halifax - Nova Scotia, 

Portsmouth 

Chatham for a refit

(info John Powell.)

Aug HRH the Prince of Wales leaves Minerva

1974

 

1975

 

1976 1977 1978

1979

Esberg, 

Stravanger 

  Portland

Guernsey 

Amsterdam

Antwerp

Liverpool/ Salford our adopted town

1980

Med deployment in May

Ibiza

Cartagen

Corfu

shadowed new Russian carrier "Kiev"

Gib

home

1981

 

1982 1983 1984 1985

Rotterdam

1986

West Indies (Training Ship)
Grenada
St Lucia

1987

Gib 
Ascension
Falklands
South Georgia
Patagonian Canal transit
Valparaiso , Chile
Lima
Rodman Island, Panama
Panama canal transit
Mayport, Florida
Devonport
Perisher's course
UK “Schools” Tour including:
Barrow in Furnace;
Glasgow;
Hull:
London;
Portsmouth;
Devonport
Portland COST

 

1988  

refit in Devonport

1989 1990

Dartmouth Training Squadron:

Devonport
Gibraltar 
Suez
Aden
Cochin
Malaysia
Singapore
Hong Kong

(info Stephen Goddard)

1991 1992

 

1992 1993 1994

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