ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
LEEDS CASTLE
Construction
STEEL
Type
VESSEL, OFFSHORE PATROL
Date
1980
Description
LEEDS CASTLE (P258)
Yard Number: 985
Launched 22nd October 1980

Owner: Royal Navy

Construction: welded

Subsequent Names: DHALESHWARI F36 (2010)

LEEDS CASTLE was one of two offshore patrol ships built to police the oil rigs of the coast of Britain with sister ship DUMBARTON CASTLE. They were designed as a prototype for a new design of frigate to replace the navy's leander class frigate. They were twin screw propelled and able to land a helicopter on the aft deck, with a turret mounted gun forward. After being used to patrol the oil rigs they were deployed to patrol the Falkland Island after the Falklands War in 1982 with change over trips of three months duty. This role ended in 2008 and were laid up at Portsmouth where they were sold to the Bangladesh Navy in 2010 and underwent a multi million pound upgrade with main engines gearbox shafts overhauled and new deck cranes generators installed at A&P Hepburn on the Tyne. Bangladesh Navy has now classified them as corvettes with the P number being replaced with F36. The two ships set for Bangladesh on 22 November 2010.
(Source: Ships Monthly, Issue January 2011)

According to Ships Monthly, May 2005, this vessel was part of the Portsmouth flotilla.

Paid off from Portsmouth 8th August 2005 and for sale September 2005.

Accepted into service by the Royal Navy August 1981
"She was involved in the 1982 Falklands War, operating between the British territories of Ascension Island, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands as a despatch vessel".
(Source: wikipedia)

1982-2000: Did fisheries protection duties round the U.K., aswell as being used as a guard ship in the Falkland Islands.
2000-2001: Underwent a refit.
8 August 2005: Returned for the final time to her home base of Portsmouth, to be decommissioned.
(Source: wikipedia)

Sold to Bangladeshi Navy 2010. To be taken to Tyneside for overhaul by A&P Tyne before delivery.
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Shipowner
Admiralty
Dimensions
length 266' x breadth 38' x depth 11'
gross tonnage 1427 tons

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