HMS Bacchante (F69)


HMS Bacchante (F69)

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.

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.

While serving with STANAVFORLANT in 1975, "Bacchante" suffered superficial Damage in a collision with HNLMS "Holland". The following year, "Bacchante" participated in the Third Cod War as part of the Fishery Protection Squadron. "Bacchante" later took part in an International Fleet Review at New York in celebration of the USA's Bicentennial. In 1977, "Bacchante" began a refit that was completed the following year. Upon returning to service, "Bacchante" joined STANAVFORLANT and helped rescue the crew of a fishing vessel in the English Channel. She later shadowed the large Soviet aircraft carrier "Kiev". In 1979, "Bacchante" rejoined the STANAVFORLANT.

Shortly after the Iran–Iraq War, "Bacchante" was deployed to the Persian Gulf. In 1982, "Bacchante" became the Gibraltar Guardship and subsequently deployed to the South Atlantic to undertake duties around the Falkland Islands in the aftermath of the Falklands War. Later that year, "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 November 13 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.

References

[http://www.hmsbacchante.co.uk/ hmsbacchante.co.uk] . Accessed on 14 March 2006


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