ROTHESAY class gallery

HMS Lowestoft was the chosen vessel to carry out the tests with the new towed array sonar Type 2031. It was withdrawal in 1985 and in 1986 it was sunk as target ship, being the last of the Royal Navy to be sunk displaying its pennant number.
In 1982 the HMS Plymoyth was dispatched to the Falklands Islands and played a very active role. The ship claims that it shot down an Argentine Skyhawk aircraft with a Sea Cat missile, although this data is controversial. Instead, her Wasp helicopter fired an AS-12 missile at the ARA Santa Fe submarine, hitting her as she fled towards Grytviken.
As a curiosity, the HMS Rothesay appeared in 007 James Bond film “Thunderball” released in 1965. One of her most remarkable missions occurred in March 1969 when she was sent to restore order on the island of Anguilla, in the Caribbean, where she landed more than 300 troops. Several years later it was transformed into a training vessel and from 1985 to 1988 played this role, during which she sailed more than 800,000 miles.
South Africa commissioned 3 Rothesay frigates which they designed as “President class” frigates. This is the F-147 President Steyn whose most notable action was the rescue of 26 advisors in Ambrizete, north of Luanda, Angola, on November 28, 1975.

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