Active Royal Navy Vessels in 1981

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The following vessels were in commission, planned or under construction for Her Majesty's Royal Navy in 1981[1]

Aircraft Carriers[edit]

Centaur-class aircraft carrier - Hermes[Note 1][2]
Invincible class aircraft carrier - Invincible,[2] Illustrious,[Note 2] & Ark Royal[Note 3]

Destroyers[edit]

Type 82 destroyer - Bristol[2]
Type 42 Destroyer - Sheffield,[2] Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow,[2] Exeter,[2] Southampton, Liverpool, Cardiff,[2] & Coventry[2]
County-class destroyer - London, Antrim,[2] Glamorgan,[2] Fife, & Norfolk

Frigates[edit]

Type 22 - Broadsword,[2] Battleaxe, Brilliant,[2] Brazen, Boxer,[Note 3] & Beaver[Note 3]
Type 21 (Amazon) Class - Amazon, Antelope,[2] Active,[2] Ambuscade, Arrow,[2] Alacrity, Ardent, & Avenger
Leander (Type 12l) Class -

Batch 1 (Ikara Group): Aurora, Euryalus, Galatea, Arethusa, Naiad, Dido, Leander, & Ajax.
Batch 2 (Exocet Group): Cleopatra, Sirius, Phoebe, Minerva, Danae, Juno, Argonaut, & Penelope
Batch 3 (Broad-Beamed Group): Achilles, Diomede, Andromeda, Hermione, Jupiter, Bacchante, Apollo, Scylla, Ariadne, & Charybdis

Rothesay Class - Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Brighton, Rothesay, Londonderry, Falmouth, Berwick, Plymouth, & Rhyl
Salisbury Class - Lincoln[Note 4]
Whitby Class - Torquay [Note 5]

Amphibious Units[edit]

Fearless Class (LPD) - Fearless, & Intrepid
Round Table Class (Landing Ship Logistics)[Note 6] - RFAs - Sir Bedivere, Sir Galahad, Sir Geraint, Sir Lancelot, Sir Percivale, & Sir Tristram
Logistic Landing Craft (RCT) - Ardennes, & Arakan
LCM 9 Type - 14 craft
LCM 7 Type - 2 craft
Avon Class (Ramp Powered Lighters) - Avon, Bude, Clyde, Dart, Eden, Forth, Glen, Hamble, Itchen, Kennet, London, & Medway.
LCVP -

LCVP 1: 9 craft
LCVP 2: 8 craft
LCVP 3: 9 craft


Landing Craft, Personnel - 3 craft

Mine Warfare Forces[edit]

HMS Abdiel[Note 7]
Hunt-class (MCMV) - Brecon, Ledbury, Cattistock, Cottesmore, Brocklesby, Middleton, Chiddingfold, Dulverton, & Hurworth
HMS Wilton[Note 8]
Ton Class -

Mine Hunters: Bilderston, Brereton,[Note 9] Brinton, Bronington, Bossington, Gavinton, Hubberston, Iverston, Kedleston,[Note 9] Kellington,[Note 9] Kirkliston, Maxton, Nurton, & Sheraton
Minesweepers: Alfringston,[Note 9] Bickington, Crichton, Cuxton, Glasserton,[Note 9] Hodgeston,[Note 9] Laleston,[Note 9] Pollington, Shavington, Upton, Walkerton, Wotton, Soberton, Stubbington, Lewiston, & Crofton.[Note 9]


Venturer Class - St. David, & Venturer
Ley Class - Aveley
Ham Class - Dittisham, Flintham, & Thornham

Ice Patrol Ship[edit]

HMS Endurance

Submarine force[edit]

Resolution Class[Note 10] - Resolution, Repulse, Renown, & Revenge
Trafalgar Class - Trafalgar, Turbulent, + 1 [Note 3]
Swiftsure Class - Swiftsure, Sovereign, Superb, Sceptre, Spartan, & Splendid
Valiant Class - Valiant, & Warspite
Churchill Class - Churchill, Conqueror, & Courageous
HMS Dreadnought
Oberon Class - Oberon, Odin, Orpheus, Olympus, Osiris, Onslaught, Otter, Oracle, Ocelot, Otus, Opossum, Opportune, & Onyx
Porpoise Class - Porpoise, Sealion, & Walrus

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Under refit for conversion to STOVL carrier with addition of 7.5° ski ramp.
  2. ^ In Build
  3. ^ a b c d Laid Down
  4. ^ Reserve in Stand-by Squadron
  5. ^ Navigation/Direction training and trials ship, Portsmouth
  6. ^ RFA Manned vessels in support of Fearless Class Landing Ships
  7. ^ Exercise Mine Layer - Could operate as operational mine layer if required
  8. ^ Prototype Coastal Minesweeper/hunter.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Vessels belong to Royal Navy Reserve
  10. ^ Replacement announced in 15 July 1980 for 4 or 5 new build boats to carry trident missiles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, J. (1981). Jane's Fighting Ships 1981-82. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o http://www.falklandswar.org.uk/ships.htm The Falklands Conflict - Date Library - Ships Accessed: 27 March 2013