HMS Bristol (1969) DDG (7th)
This the seventh ship to carry the name HMS Bristol was a
single ship class of guided missile armed destroyer.
Built by Swan Hunter, laid down 15-Nov-1967, launched 30-Jun-1969, and commissioned 31-Mar-1973.
Armed with Sea Dart, Ikara and limbo missile systems, carrying 1 x helicopter, and 1 x 4.5in gun.
Was intended as the first of a class of four destroyers intended to escort a new class of aircraft carrier. When these were cancelled, the later ships of Bristol's class were cancelled.
Bristol spent most of the 1970's trialling new weapons systems.
A major boiler fire in 1974 destroyer the steam plant but she was able to continue operations using only her gas plant. The steam plant was repaired in 1976, but she was not fitted out for front line service until 1979.
As she was suitable for use as a Flagship she underwent a short refit and joined the Task Force in the South Atlantic during the Falklands War in 1982.
When the War ended she remained as Flagship of the remaining Royal Navy forces.
On returning to the UK she underwent a refit which increased her anti-aircraft weapons.
Continued in service until 1984 when she underwent a major refit.
In 1987 became the training ship at Dartmouth.
Paid off 14-Jun-1991.
Used as harbour training ship from 22-Mar-1993.
Remains at Portsmouth Apr-2008.
Won the Battle Honour: Falkland Islands 1982.
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