|HMS Bacchante (F69)|
HMS Bacchante in June 1973
|Name:||HMS Bacchante (F69)|
|Laid down:||27 October 1966|
|Launched:||29 February 1968|
|Commissioned:||17 October 1969|
|Fate:||Sold to Royal New Zealand Navy 1982.|
|Career (New Zealand)|
|Name:||HMNZS Wellington (F69)|
|Operator:||Royal New Zealand Navy|
|Fate:||Sunk in Cook Strait, NZ, 13 November 2005.|
|Class & type:||Leander class frigate|
In New Zealand service:
6 × 12.7 mm guns
1 × 20mm CIWS (replaced Sea Cat missile system)
2 × triple Mk 32 Torpedo Tubes
|Aircraft carried:||1 × Westland Wasp helicopter|
In 1970, Bacchante joined Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT), with which she visited a variety of ports and performed naval exercises. The following year, in 1971 Bacchante deployed to the West Indies. While there, she participated in a number of naval exercises, including an exercise with the carriers HMS Ark Royal and USS America. She acted as West Indies Guardship in 1973.
While serving with STANAVFORLANT in 1975, Bacchante suffered superficial damage in a collision with HNLMS Holland. The following year, Bacchante participated in the Third Cod War as part of the Fishery Protection Squadron. Bacchante later took part in an International Fleet Review at New York in celebration of the USA's Bicentennial. In 1977, Bacchante began a refit that was completed the following year. Upon returning to service, Bacchante joined STANAVFORLANT and helped rescue the crew of a fishing vessel in the English Channel. She later shadowed the large Soviet aircraft carrier Kiev. In 1979, Bacchante rejoined the STANAVFORLANT.
Shortly after the Iran–Iraq War, Bacchante was deployed to the Persian Gulf. In 1982, Bacchante became the Gibraltar Guardship and subsequently deployed to the South Atlantic to undertake duties around the Falkland Islands in the aftermath of the Falklands War.
On decommissioning she was bought from the New Zealand Government for one dollar by the "Sink F69 Trust". On 13 November 2005, after cleaning and the removal of all environmentally unfriendly materials, she was sunk as an artificial reef and dive attraction. She now lies in approximately 25 metres of water about 800 metres offshore from Island Bay, a southern suburb of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.
|1971||1972||Commander Julian Oswald RN|
|1978||1979||Commander J R Brigstocke RN|
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- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Marriot, Leo, 1983. Royal Navy Frigates 1945-1983, Ian Allen Ltd. ISBN 07110 1322 5
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