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HMS Brilliant (F90)
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HMS Brilliant
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Brilliant
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 25 March 1977
Launched: 15 December 1978
Commissioned: 15 May 1981
Decommissioned: 1996
Identification: Pennant number: F90
Fate: Sold to Brazil 31 August 1996
Career (Brazil) Brazilian Naval Ensign
Name: Dodsworth
Operator: Brazilian Navy
Identification: Pennant number: F-47
Fate: Sold for Scrap
General characteristics
Class & type: Type 22 frigate
Displacement: 4,400 tons
Length: 131.2 m (430 ft)
Beam: 14.8 m (48 ft)
Draught: 6.1 m (20 ft)

2 shafts, COGOG
2 × Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B boost gas turbines (54,600 shp)

2 × Rolls-Royce Tyne RM1C cruise gas turbines (9,700 shp)
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h) cruise
30 knots (56 km/h) top speed
Complement: 222
Armament: 2 × 6 GWS25 Seawolf SAM launchers
4 × 1 Exocet SSM launchers
2 × 40 mm Bofors AA guns
Aircraft carried: 2 × Lynx MK 8 helicopters

HMS Brilliant was a Type 22 frigate of the Royal Navy.

Royal Navy Service

Brilliant was part of the Task Force that took part in the Falklands War, with Captain John Coward in command.[1] During the war her two helicopters were involved in unsuccessful attacking the Argentine submarine Santa Fe, and she was the first Royal Navy warship to fire the Sea Wolf missile in action when, on 12 May 1982, she shot down three A-4 Skyhawks. On 21 May HMS Brilliant came under Argentine air attack outside San Carlos Water and was slightly damaged by cannon fire. On 23 May she joined HMS Yarmouth in the chase of the Argentinian supply ship ARA Monsunen. She rescued 24 survivors from Atlantic Conveyor on 25 May. Brilliant had sailed south with a pair of WE.177A nuclear depth charges on board.[2] To avoid complications arising from the Treaty of Tlatelolco, these were unloaded to RFA Fort Austin on 16 April 1982.[3]

Brilliant starred in a BBC documentary series called HMS Brilliant in the early 1990s. In October 1990 she saw the first members of the Women's Royal Naval Service to serve officially on an operational warship.[4]

Brazilian Navy Service

She decommissioned from Royal Navy service in 1996 and was sold to the Brazilian Navy on 31 August 1996 and renamed Dodsworth.

F47 Dodsworth was sold for scrap and broken up at Aliağa, Turkey, during July 2012.[5]

The silhouette of HMS Brilliant is painted, with the date 21 May, on the side of Argentine Air Force IAI Finger serial number C-412. Also painted on C-412 is the silhouette of HMS Arrow and the date 1 May. These kill markings (without crossing) have to do with damage to both ships in the Falklands War, HMS Arrow being slightly damaged by cannon fire 1 May 1982 and HMS Brilliant also being slightly damaged by cannon fire on 21 May. Finger's markings were painted soon after the war; they were seen during the November 2005 multi-national Exercise Ceibo in Argentina, and still there as of 2014.

Commanding Officers

From To Captain
1982 1982 Captain John Coward RN
1983 1984 Captain Michael Boyce RN
1992 1994 Captain James Burnell-Nugent RN
1996 1998 Captain Paulo José Rodrigues de Carvalho BN



  • AirForces Monthly Magazine February 2006, page 61.

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