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Pompey News: "End of era for Falkland ships..."

The Castles were more familiar to most as elements of the Fishery Protection Squadron. They were also exploited as potential minelayers. See the full 'bargain basement closing-down sale' range of offers here:

Due for New Management in 2010

Sandown Class minehunter

HMS Walney - Premature decommissioning in April deferred owing to defective sister ship HMS Blyth's inability to fulfil UK commitment to Standing NATO MCM Group 1 (SNMCMG1); a graphic demonstration of the dire straits in which the RN now finds itself.

Castle Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs)

HMS Leeds Castle - Bangladesh (2010)
HMS Dumbarton Castle - Bangladesh (2010)

Coastal Survey Vessel & MCM HQ Ship

HMS Roebuck - Bangladesh (2010)

Under New Management since 1994

Type 23 frigates

HMS Norfolk - Chile (2006)
HMS Grafton - Chile (2007)
HMS Marlborough - Chile (2008)

Type 22 frigates

HMS Broadsword - Brazil (1995)
HMS Brilliant - Brazil (1996)
HMS Brazen - Brazil (1996)
HMS Battleaxe - Brazil (1997)
HMS Sheffield - Chile (2003)
HMS London - Romania (2003)
HMS Coventry - Romania (2004)

Upholder Class SSK

HMS Unseen - Canada (2000)
HMS Ursula - Canada (2003)
HMS Upholder - Canada (2004)
HMS Unicorn - Canada (2004)

Sandown Class minehunters

HMS Cromer - Stripped for use as BRNC Dartmouth's harbour training ship (2001)
HMS Sandown - Estonia (2007)
HMS Inverness - Estonia (2008)
HMS Bridport - Estonia (2009)

Hunt Class minehunters

HMS Berkeley - Greece (2000)
HMS Bicester - Greece (2001)
HMS Brecon - Stripped for use as HMS Raleigh's harbour training ship (2008)
HMS Cottesmore - Lithuania (2009)
HMS Dulverton - Lithuania (2009)

Island Class OPVs

HMS Jersey - Bangladesh (1994)
HMS Orkney - Trinidad & Tobago (2000)
HMS Shetland - Bangladesh (2003)
HMS Alderney - Bangladesh (2003)
HMS Anglesey - Bangladesh (2004)
HMS Guernsey - Bangladesh (2004)
HMS Lindisfarne - Bangladesh (2004)

Peacock Class OPVs

HMS Peacock - Phillippines (1997)
HMS Plover - Phillippines (1997)
HMS Starling - Phillippines (1997)

River Class minesweepers

HMS Blackwater - Brazil (1994)
HMS Waveney - Bangladesh (1994)
HMS Carron - Bangladesh (1994)
HMS Helford - Bangladesh (1994)
HMS Dovey - Bangladesh (1994)
HMS Helmsdale - Brazil (1995)
HMS Ribble - Brazil (1995)
HMS Humber - Brazil (1995)
HMS Itchen - Brazil (1998)
HMS Spey - Brazil (1998)
HMS Arun - Brazil (1998)
HMS Orwell - Guyana (2001)

Decommissioned/Scrapped/Sunk as target since 1994

Invincible Class aircraft carrier

HMS Invincible (2005)

LPDs (Landing Pad Docks)

HMS Intrepid (1999)
HMS Fearless (2002)

Type 42 destroyers

HMS Birmingham (1999)
HMS Glasgow (2008)
HMS Newcastle (2008)
HMS Cardiff (2008)
HMS Exeter (2009)
HMS Southampton (2009)
HMS Nottingham (2010)

Type 22 frigates

HMS Beaver (2001)
HMS Boxer (2004)
HMS Brave (2004)

Type 23 frigate

HMS Argyll (2004)

Swiftsure Class SSNs

HMS Splendid (2004)
HMS Sovereign (2006)
HMS Spartan (2006)
HMS Superb (2008)
HMS Sceptre (2010)

Valiant Class SSN

HMS Valiant (1994)

Resolution Class SSBNs

HMS Resolution (1994)
HMS Repulse (1996)
HMS Renown (1996)
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