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        HMS Liverpool

        HMS Liverpool

        HMS Liverpool was the last survivor of the original Type 42 destroyers built in the 1970s and early 1980s. Known sometimes as the Crazy Red Chicken courtesy of the red Liver Bird on the ship’s badge, Liverpool was the last ‘shortened’ Type 42 in service with the Royal Navy. At the start of 2011, she was preparing herself to sail with the Responsive Force Task Group on the Cougar deployment. As the events in Libya developed, the tasking was changed to provide the UK contribution to the NATO Op Unified Protector.

        HMS Liverpool

        Before Liverpool was decommission at the end of March she had already gone through a maintenance period in Portsmouth and a visit to London, where thousands of members of the public stepped aboard. On leaving London she was activated as Fleet Ready Escort.

        When her escort duty finished, HMS Liverpool conducted training exercises in the UK and Norway, as part of Exercise Cold Response, before a final visit to her home town of Liverpool. 

        The ship was built on Merseyside by the world-famous Cammell Laird yard and was launched in September 1980 by Lady Strathcona, wife of the then Minister of State for Defence.

        She decommissioneed on March 30 2012 in Portsmouth.

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        D92

        Displacement

        3,500tonnes

        Complement

        258personnel

        Length

        126Metres

        Beam

        14metres

        Draught

        6.5metres

        Top Speed

        28knots

        Range (Nautical)

        4,000miles

        Launch Date

        25/09/80

        Commissioned date

        01/07/82

        Number of Ratings

        230

        TAKE A LOOK

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        Liverpool - The Crazy Red Chicken

        UNITS IN TIME


        HMS Liverpool HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Liverpool
        • The First Liverpool

          The first Liverpool was built in the city after which she was named and launched in 1741.

        • The Second Liverpool

          The second HMS Liverpool, also built on the Mersey, was launched in 1758.

        • The Third Liverpool

          The third HMS Liverpool was launched at Woolwich in 1814. In 1819, she took part in the expedition against pirates in the Gulf.

        • The Fourth Liverpool

          By now the age of sail was over, and when the fourth HMS Liverpool was launched at Devonport in 1860 she was fitted with engines.

        • Battle History

          She served in the North America and West Indies Station and later with the Channel Squadron until placed in the "Steam Reserve" at Devonport. She was recommissioned and circumnavigated the globe before returning home in 1870.

        • The Sixth Liverpool

          The sixth Liverpool was completed in November 1938. In 1940 she was torpedoed by enemy aircraft south-east of Crete and was seriously damaged. She was towed to Alexandria for repairs and was not ready for sea again until 1941. She returned to home waters in 1942 and covered the Arctic Convoys during April and May.

        • Battle Honours

          Mediterranean 1940 Calabria 1940

        • Battle Honours

          Arctic 1942 Malta Convoys 1942

        • Battle History

          She was again torpedoed by aircraft and had to be towed to Gibraltar. Temporary repairs were carried out before she proceeded to Rosyth for a permanent repair. She then went to the Mediterranean until she was finally broken up in 1958.

        • Decommissioned

          On March 30th 2012, HMS Liverpool was decommissioned in Portsmouth after 30 years service.

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