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HMS Southampton (D90)
HMS Southampton
HMS Southampton dressed overall.
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Southampton
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: 17 March 1976[1]
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Laid down: 21 October 1976
Launched: 29 January 1979
Commissioned: 31 October 1981
Decommissioned: 12 February 2009
Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth
Identification: Pennant number: D90
Motto: Pro jusititus pro Rege
(Latin: "For justice and the Queen")
Nickname: "The Mighty Ninety" (after her pennant number).
Fate: Sold for scrap
General characteristics
Class & type: Type 42 destroyer
Displacement: 4,820 tonnes
Length: 125 m (410 ft)
Beam: 14.3 m (47 ft)
Propulsion: COGOG (Combined gas or gas) turbines, 2 shafts
2 Olympus Gas Turbines Producing 25,000 shp (19,000 kW) each, 2 Tyne Gas Turbines Producing 5,000 shp (3,700 kW) each
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Complement: 287
Armament: Sea Dart missiles
4.5 in (114 mm) Mk 8 gun
Aircraft carried: Lynx HMA8

HMS Southampton was a batch two Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was named after the city of Southampton, England, and built by Vosper Thornycroft, in Southampton. She was the sixth Royal Navy ship to bear the name.


Southampton entering Portsmouth harbour.


In 1984, she ran over one of the Shambles Buoys off Portland during the final Thursday War intended to prepare her to deploy to the Falklands. The collision sank the buoy and resulted in a period in dry dock for repair.

On 3 September 1988, whilst serving on the Armilla Patrol, she was involved in a collision with MV Tor Bay, a container ship in the convoy being escorted through the Straits of Hormuz.[2]


On 3 February 2006, the ship was involved in the seizing of 3.5 tonnes of cocaine in the Caribbean.[3] On 31 July 2008, she was placed in a state of "Extended Readiness" and she was decommissioned on 12 February 2009.[4] The ship was auctioned on 28 March 2011 and was later towed from Portsmouth on 14 October 2011 to Leyal Ship Recycling's scrapyard in Turkey.[5]

Commanding Officers

From To Captain
1980 1982 Captain Nicholas Hill-Norton RN
1983 1985 Captain David Dobson RN
1985 1987 Captain Chris Morgan RN
1987 1989 Captain S Taylor RN RN
1989 1991 Commander David McLean RN
1991 1993 Commander Tony Dyer RN
1993 1995 Commander Tim Forster RN
1995 1997 Commander Keith Winstanley RN
2006 2008 Commander Richard Morris RN



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