HMS Bacchante (F69)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Bacchante.
Bacchante from Targatness June73 proc.jpeg
HMS Bacchante in June 1973
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Bacchante (F69)
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs
Laid down: 27 October 1966
Launched: 29 February 1968
Commissioned: 17 October 1969
Decommissioned: 1982
Fate: Sold to Royal New Zealand Navy 1982.
Career (New Zealand) NZ Naval Ensign
Name: HMNZS Wellington (F69)
Operator: Royal New Zealand Navy
Commissioned: 1987
Decommissioned: 1999
Struck: 2000
Fate: Sunk in Cook Strait, NZ, 13 November 2005.
General characteristics
Class & type: Leander class frigate
Armament:

In New Zealand service:

1 × twin 4.5 inch (114 mm) naval guns
6 × 12.7 mm guns
1 × 20mm CIWS (replaced Sea Cat missile system)
2 × triple Mk 32 Torpedo Tubes
Aircraft carried: 1 × Westland Wasp helicopter

HMS Bacchante (F69) was a Leander-class frigate of the Royal Navy. Bacchante was built by Vickers on the Tyne, launched on 29 February 1968 and commissioned on 17 October 1969.

Royal Navy Service[edit]

In 1970, Bacchante joined Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT), with which she visited a variety of ports and performed naval exercises. The following year, in 1971 Bacchante deployed to the West Indies. While there, she participated in a number of naval exercises, including an exercise with the carriers HMS Ark Royal and USS America. She acted as West Indies Guardship in 1973.

Bacchante was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1981 conducting the second ever armilla patrol taking over from the Minerva visiting the Somali capital of Mogadishu and the Oman capital of Muscat ( often drifting in the Indian ocean to conserve fuel ). In 1982, Bacchante became the Gibraltar Guardship and joining the Birmingham group deploying to the (South Atlantic]] to undertake duties during the Falkland’s war. Shortly after the war was ended the crew was sent ashore to aid the local populace in the disaster recovery operations, providing navigational landmarks for ships located in Stanley sound and attempting to refloat the high commissioners barge ( but failing) .Also proving well deserved respite for royal marines and navy divers ( Hot food and accommodation) Whilst trying to erect a navigational radar reflector the team sent ashore wandered through a mine field ( no injuries received)

Royal New Zealand Navy Service[edit]

In 1982 Bacchante was decommissioned from the Royal Navy and subsequently sold to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). She was renamed Wellington. She decommissioned from the RNZN in 2000.

On decommissioning she was bought from the New Zealand Government for one dollar by the "Sink F69 Trust". On 13 November 2005, after cleaning and the removal of all environmentally unfriendly materials, she was sunk as an artificial reef and dive attraction. She now lies in approximately 25 metres of water about 800 metres offshore from Island Bay, a southern suburb of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.

Commanding officers[edit]

From To Captain
1969 1971 Commander Noel Bearne RN
1971 1972 Commander Julian Oswald RN
1978 1979 Commander J R Brigstocke RN

References[edit]

hmsbacchante.co.uk. Accessed on 14 March 2006

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