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The Type 82's were supposed to be large escorts for the proposed CVA-01 carriers in the late 60's. Once the carriers were cancelled, there was no need for the escorts, not sure why they carried on and built one ship though.
She must have been the first RN ship to have Sea Dart, and maybe Ikara? so maybe she was a useful testing platform at the start of her career?
 

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When her armements were from bow to stern was :-4.5in gun,Ikara,port and stbd orlekons,sea dart and 3 barreled morter which was removed later and the ships company turned the mortor well into a swimming pool.After the falklands in 82 the orlekons were replaced by twin barreled guns and the mortor well was covered over and turned into a multigym.Also the ikara was removed.Then when the ship joined the Dartmouth trng.Sqdn.the well was turned into a mess deck for mid shipman.After the falklands review it was found Royal Navy ships did not have close range weapons.Ships were fitted with Vulcan gattling guns and later goal keepers.Also the US navy having watched the Falklands,started putting the gattling guns on their ships.
 

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I was browsing through Google Earth last week and saw HMS Bristol (in plan view) berthed off Whale Island (HMS Excellent) in Portsmouth harbour. I thought it might be an old image, but had lunch the following day with one of her former Captains, who confirmed that she is still there, used as an alongside training ship. I had thought that she had been scrapped. Something new every day!
 

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i know she was a one of, but why? was there others planned or was she like mermaid and built for another navy and taken on by the RN?
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Originally planned as a class of 4, only Bristol was completed when the carriers they were intended to escort were cancelled the remaining intended 3of the class were cancelled with the carriers.
Bristols completetion allowed her to act as a test bed for new weapons systems at sea, namely Ikara and Sea Dart & associated electronics.
Commissioned in March 1973 she was to see less than 20 years frontline service being decommissioned in 1991.
In the mid 70's she suffered a major engine-room fire which totally disabled her steam plant, for the next 3 years she operated soley using her gas plant.
As she was designed however she was to serve in the carrier battle group in the Falklands.
 
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