HMS Herald (H138)
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|Name:||HMS Herald (H138)|
|Builder:||Robb Caledon, Leith|
|Decommissioned:||31 May 2001|
|Out of service:||Sold to private hydrographic company in 2001|
|Refit:||Fitted with a strengthened and extended flight deck for Lynx helicopter, 1988|
|Status:||In service as the civilian vessel Somerville|
|Length:||79 m (259 ft 2 in)|
|Beam:||15.4 m (50 ft 6 in)|
|Draught:||4.9 m (16 ft 1 in)|
|Range:||12,000 nmi (22,000 km) at 11 kn (20 km/h)|
|Boats & landing
|2 × 35 ft (11 m) surveying motor boats|
|Complement:||12 officers and 116 men|
|Aviation facilities:||Helideck for 1 × Westland Lynx HAS 2/3|
In December 2000, Herald answered a Mayday call and took part in a joint operation with the Royal Air Force to rescue the crew of the Cypriot ferry Royal Prince. The 35-metre ship sank in rough seas, but the crew were rescued by a RAF helicopter from RAF Akrotiri and landed on HMS Herald.
After decommissioning, Herald joined her sister HMS Hecla in Waterford after a brief re-fit in Cork dockyard. She was renamed Somerville after Admiral James Somerville and was used for a hydrographic survey in Irish waters.
- "Red Crosses". Navy News page 1. July 1982.