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HMS Chatham - F87

HMS Chatham - F87

HMS Chatham - F87 outbound from the Port of Tyne for the final time - 24th January 2011 - taken from Western Quay, North Shields, North East England.

HMS Chatham - F87 is a Type 22 frigate of the Royal Navy.

At the time of these photographs she was just about to be de-commissioned.

Built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders and launched 20 January 1988.

Displacement: 5,300 tons
Length: 148.1 m (486 ft 9 in)
Beam: 14.8 m (48 ft 6 in)
Draught: 6.4 m (21 ft)

Propulsion: 2 Rolls-Royce Marine Spey gas turbines (high speed)
2 Rolls Royce Tyne gas turbines (cruising) 2 shafts driving variable pitch propellers with COGAG (Combined gas and gas) gearbox, allowing all four engines to provide power to the drive train.

Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h) cruise
30 knots (56 km/h) maximum

Complement: 250 (max. 301)


* 2 x Sea Wolf anti air system (Total of 72 Sea Wolf missiles)
* 2 Quad Harpoon missile launchers (total of 8 Harpoons)
* 2 x triple Magazine launched anti-submarine torpedo tubes (total of 36 torpedoes)
* 1 x 4.5 inch (114 mm) Mk.8 gun
* 2 20 mm GAM-BO1 guns
* 1 x Goalkeeper CIWS
* NATO Seagnat Decoy Launchers

Aircraft carried:

2 x Lynx Mk.8 helicopters (but only 1 Lynx in peace time). Armed with

* 4 x Sea Skua anti-ships missiles
* 2 x Sting Ray anti-submarine torpedoes
* 2 x Mk 11 depth charges
* 2 x Machine guns

    steve gud  to see you up and around  ;)

    Steve Ellwood
    Mar 25 2011 09:06 PM
    Cheers Marra, although have caught a bug and having spewed everything out at both ends, spent the day in bed!



    Will taylor
    Mar 26 2011 10:14 AM
    I was involved with supplying the Sea Wolf, Harpoon and Sea Skua systems for these 'state of the art' ships.  Seems like only yesterday. my, how time does fly. Good un Steve.

    Steve Ellwood
    Mar 26 2011 10:40 AM
    Hi Will - Yet another Tyne built Warship going to the Knacker Yard. I see that HMS Westminster proves the point that we still need the Royal Navy, she should have been decommd by now but is still on service off Libya.