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HMS Kent Bows Out

Seen departing Portsmouth for India in Nov 1997

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Friday 14th Nov 1997 between 11:30-12 mid day the Kent finally slipped out after several false starts. There was initial confusion as to who would tow the ship out of harbour. The Russian tug Agat had to have a hawser replaced before she could commence the tow.
Kent arrived in India in April 1998.
 

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Steve, have you ever found any pics of our old ships being scrapped in India? I've never been able to find any.
Andy
 

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I would have thought that the weapons should be taken off prior to scrap?.
 

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Macca, I havn't seen any images of Kent at the breakers, the best I can do, is that she stopped off in Spain on the way and World Ship Society published an image of her alongside.

Tony - Kent's twin 4.5 inch were obsolete by this point and these two turrets were the last two examples to leave RN ownership so there was no need to remove for spares. The Sea Cat and Sea Slug launchers were removed in the 1985 refit.
 

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Stevo, did same apply to the Radar scanners?.
 

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Am I right in thinking that it was HMS Kent that had am exocet missile bounce off her deck in the Falklands conflict?

Alan
 

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Hi Alan, that was HMS Glamorgan (D19), one of the later Counties.
Kind regards
Craig
 

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Glamorgan damage can be seen at
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=180354
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=11800
 

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Kent's 965 was removed and placed on the Bristol when alongside eachother in No 3 Basin Portsmouth during the hand over in April 1993. Bristol's exisiting radar was removed for spares for the 42s, one assumes the navy didn't want Bristol to look stumpy so fitted Kent's obsolete set. For some reason, a few years later Bristol slowly lost all her radar.
 

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