Minerva Itinerary

All information gratefully received. Come on! someone must know where she went for the rest of her naval career?

Built by: Vickers Armstrong; Laid down: July 25th 1963, launched Dec 19th 1964, commissioned: May 14th 1966

1966

April 15th, Commissioned, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Hit Sirius on entering Plymouth
Portland
N.Atlantic
See "First Commission" (updated 14.2.08, crew list added)

1967

Jan sailed for Far East via Gib, Cyprus, Aden
Mombasa
Beira Patrol
Singapore
Hon Kong
Fremantle
Aden withdrawal
Mombasa
Beira patrol (helicopter ditched with 3 weeks mail)
(incident with French oil tanker)
Simonstown (briefly)
Freetown

1968

Jan Return to Portsmouth
4 month refit
June- West Indies
Oct - Dry Dock, Sea Trials at Chatham
Dec - Portland work up

1969

Jan - Portland work up
Feb - West Indies, - Azores, Bermuda, Antiga, Anguilla, Roosevelt Roads, Montserrat, Trinidad, Grenada, San Juan, St Luica, Belize, Puerto Cortes, Mobile, Key West, Freeport
July - return from W.Indies. Chatham dry dock,
Sea trials
Portland work up
Chatham Xmas leave (and Isaac joins)

1970

Gibraltar: shadowing Moskva; plane guard for HMS Eagle;
Tromso
Thorshavn
Cape Verde Islands
Ascension Island
St Helena
Simonstown
Beira patrol
LAST TOT
Singapore
Solomon Islands: Gizo; Yandina; Kira Kira
Lo Island
Auckland
Dunedin (NZ)
Sydney
Bunbury (WA)
Freemantle
Singapore

1971

Gibraltar: shadowing Moskva; plane guard for HMS Eagle;
Tromso
Thorshavn
Cape Verde Islands
Ascension Island
St Helena
Simonstown
Beira patrol
LAST TOT
Singapore
Solomon Islands: Gizo; Yandina; Kira Kira
Lo Island
Auckland
Dunedin (NZ)
Sydney
Bunbury (WA)
Freemantle
Singapore

1972

Simonstown
Buenos Aires
Montevideo
Rio de Janeiro
Salvador
Portsmouth
Chatham (and Isaac leaves)
Antwerp
Nov HRH the Prince of Wales joins Minerva

1973

Bermuda.
Exercise "Rum Punch",
Montserat,
Dominica,
San Juan,
Grand Turk,
South Caicos
Freeport,
AUTEC Range.
Cartagena,
Exercise "Colombritex". Bermuda,
Antigua weapon training,
San Juan,
Rendezvous Bay.
St Kitts,
Nevis,
Rendezvous Bay,
Anguilla,
Roosevelt Roads,
San Juan,
Barbados,
Chatham Bay -Grenadines.
Grenada,
Nassau,
Grand Caymen,
La Guaira-Venezuela, Maracaibo-Venezuela,
St Vincent.
Ex "Doria Salute 2",
San Juan,
Bermuda,
Portsmouth- New Hampshire,
Halifax - Nova Scotia,
Portsmouth
Chatham for a refit
(info John Powell.)
Aug HRH the Prince of Wales leaves Minerva

1974

1975

In refit to Exocet

1976

In refit to Exocet

1977

In refit to Exocet

1978

In refit to Exocet

1979

Esberg,
Stravanger
Portland
Guernsey
Amsterdam
Antwerp
Liverpool/ Salford our adopted town

1980

Med deployment in May
Ibiza
Cartagen
Corfu
shadowed new Russian carrier "Kiev"
Gib
home

1981

Persian Gulf

1982

Aalberg
April sail for The Falklands, join Bristol Group
Ascension Island
May arrive TEZ
Aug relieved and head for home
Leave advance party disembark by 424 to Wideawake for onward jouney home by Hercules.
Sept Arrive Devonport
AMP
Nov sail for Falklands again

1983

Falkland Islands Patrol
Gibraltar

1984

Gibraltar
Falkland Islands
South Georgia
Fort Lauderdale

1985

Rotterdam

1986

West Indies (Training Ship)
Grenada
St Lucia

1987

Gib
Ascension
Falklands
South Georgia
Patagonian Canal transit
Valparaiso , Chile
Lima
Rodman Island, Panama
Panama canal transit
Mayport, Florida
Devonport
Perisher's course
UK “Schools” Tour including:
Barrow in Furnace;
Glasgow;
Hull:
London;
Portsmouth;
Devonport
Portland COST

1988

Med Deployment
Refit in Devonport

1989

1990

Dartmouth Training Squadron:
Great Lakes
Devonport
Gibraltar
Suez
Aden
Cochin
Malaysia
Singapore
Hong Kong
(info Stephen Goddard)

1991

1992

Laid up

1993

Sold for scrap

1994

1995