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HERALD HMS

Michael Lennon

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The oceangoing survey ship HMS HERALD at Portsmouth on 3rd July 1998 accompanied by the admiralty pilot cutter.

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The oceangoing survey ship HMS HERALD at Portsmouth on 3rd July 1998 accompanied by the admiralty pilot cutter.

 

She was built at Robb Caledon’s shipbuilding yard at Leith and was commissioned late in 1974. The only ship in her class though similar to the earlier Hecla class which comprised three ships. Originally built to operate a Wasp helicopter her flightdeck was modified in 1988 to accommodate the larger Lynx. Like other survey ships of the Hecla class she was sent to the Falkland Islands to act as a hospital and ambulance vessel during the war in the South Atlantic returning to Portsmouth on 21st July 1982. She also saw service during the Gulf War deployed as a headquarters ship for the MCMVs.

 

Originally painted in the standard colours of the Hydrographic fleet with white hull and buff funnel and mast, this was changed to Navy grey in the 1990’s and her original pennant number A138 added. This was altered to H138 at a later date.

 

Decommissioned in 2001 and sold to Irish commercial owners, who renamed her SOMERVILLE, she continued in service surveying in the Irish Sea.


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Author(s): Michael Lennon
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