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HMS Bacchante (& HMNZCS Wellington) Itinerary


All information gratefully received. Come on! someone must know where she went for the rest of her career? (That includes you Kiwis for whom she became HMNZS Wellington) (It seems I know more about her life as a Kiwi than as a Brit, thanks to www.divewreck.co.nz/F69/HistoryF69.html).

Built by Vickers, Laid down: Oct 27th 1966, Launched: Feb 29th 1969, Commissioned: Oct 17th 1969

1969

 

Oct 17th, Commissioning ceremony

1970

Portland 

SNFL : Germany,

Holland, 

Denmark, 

Portugal, 

Gibraltar, 

Azores, 

Bermuda, 

USA

Canada. 

Leave SNFL   

1971

West  Indies

Bermuda

San Juan

St Kitts

Freeport

Key West

Anguilla

Barbados

Trinidad

Jacksonville

Nassau

Virgin Gorda

Tortola

Barbuda

St Lucia

Mayport

Curacao

Transit Panama Canal

San Andres

Kingston (Jamaica)

Miami

Azores

 

An alternative itinerary 

has been offered for 1971: 

Reykjavik , Akyreyri, 

Seydisfjord, ( Iceland ). 

Can anyone clear this up?

1972

Hartlepool, 

Leith, 

Bootle

STANAVFORLANT (track a stricken Russian sub from Scotland to Norway)

Copenhagen, 

Den Helder,

 Bordeaux

Chatham 

 

An alternative itinerary 

has been offered for 1972: 

Augusta , Sicily

Tunis , Malta

Den Helder , Holland

Bordeaux

Bootle, Liverpool

Invergordon

Leith , Hartlepool

Portsmouth

Ostende , Belgium

Faslane , Copenhagen

Chatham , Portland

Scapa Flow , Rosyth

Gib

Seydisfjord, ( Iceland ). 

Can anyone clear this up?

1973

Portsmouth

Bermuda

Fort Lauderdale

Norfolk, 

Bahamas, 

Jamaica, 

Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, 

Autec range Andros, Trinidad, 

Virgin Gorda, 

Curacao 

Grenada

Saint Lucia.

1974

Ecuador

Peru

Portland

North Sea exercise

Copenhagen

Stockholm

Dec - Chatham

1975

Portland (ITN - News at 10)

Lisbon

Rosyth

Scapa Flow

Rosyth

Hamburg

Portsmouth

Arctic, (shadowed Sverdlov cruiser)

Stavangar

Bergen

Oslo

Brest

left SNFL (May)

Lisbon

Gib

Rosyth

Scapa Flow

Collision with HMNS Holland, superficial damage

Rosyth

Chatham for repair

Rosyth

Rothesay

Portland

Portsmouth, families day

Bremen

Leith

Portsmouth

Ex Ocean Safari

Chatham 

1976

Cod war:

Rosyth

Icelandic waters 

Rosyth 

Icelandic waters 

Faslane 

Rosyth 

Sunderland

Rosyth 

Icelandic waters (BBC Tonight team on board)   

Chatham 

Rosyth 

Icelandic waters 

Portsmouth 

Gib 

Portsmouth 

Wilmington, Del 

New York,  (bicentennial) 

Portsmouth 

Liverpool 

Chatham 

Portsmouth 

Lisbon 

Suez canal 

Mombasa 

Karachi 

Bahrain 

Suez canal 

Alexandria 

Gib 

Portsmouth 

Chatham 

 

1977

Entered Gibraltar for refit crew swap to Scylla.

1978

Re-Commissioned Gibraltar (crew swap from Achilles)

Portsmouth

Plymouth

Portland

Liverpool

Clyde Areas

Plymouth

SNFL:

-Zeebrugge

-Den Helder

-Portsmouth

Gibraltar

Taranto

Ajaccio

Toulon

Gibraltar

Fleet contingency ship:

 - rescue fishing boat in English Channel;

-Shadow the Kiev

 


1979


Stavanger

Newcastle

Rosyth

Clyde areas

Stornoway

Plymouth

SNFL: Bermuda,

Fort Lauderdale,

Boston, 

St John's Nfndlnd,

Halifax Nova Scotia,

Quebec,

Reykjavik

Norway

Rosyth

 


1980


Gibraltar

Sete, France

Corfu

Calgieri, Sardinia

Gibraltar

Liverpool

 

1981

Persian Gulf
Mombasa

Mogadishu (Somalia)

Oman

1982

Portsmouth, 

Gibraltar (guard ship) 

Ascension Island Falkland Islands (San Carlos guard ship
Port Stanley guard ship)

Ascension Portsmouth

commissioned into the RNZN, 4th Oct

The Azores
Bermuda
Port Canaveral
Panama City
Manzinillo (Mexico)
San Diego
Pearl Harbour
Pango Pango
Auckland 2nd Dec

1983

extended refit

1984

extended refit

 

1985

extended refit

1986

extended refit

Trials

 

1987

NZ

Sydney

NZ

Fiji

Western Samoa

NZ

Australia, work up

NZ

1988 

Campbell Island

 Auckland island

NZ

Raoul Island

Tonga

Western Samoa

pago Pago

Raoul Island

NZ

Brisbane

Indonesia

Singapore

Australia

NZ

Sydney

NZ

 

1989

New Zealand, Australia, 

New Zealand, Vanuatu, 

Truk (Micronesia), 

Hong Kong, 

Korea, 

Kure (Japan), 
Kagoshima (Japan)
Fukuoka (Japan)

Singapore, 

Wewak (Papua New Guinea), 
Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Campbell Island, New Zealand, 

Raoul Island, 

Niue, 

Rarotonga, 

Pago Pago, 

Raoul Island, 

New Zealand

1990

NZ

Westem Samoa (Cyclone OFA relief), 

New Zealand, Vanuatu, 

Papua New Guinea,

Indonesia, 

Pandang, 

Singapore,

Bougainville 

New Zealand,

Australia, 

New Zealand

1991

New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Hong Kong,

Kuching, 

Singapore, Indonesia, 

Australia, New Zealand

 

1992

NewZealand (refit)

1993

New Zealand (refit and trials), 

Australia (Workup), Singapore, 

Brunei, 

Australia, 

New Zealand

1994

New Zealand,

Noumea, 

Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, 

New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, 

Australia, 

New Zealand

1995

New Zealand, Australia (Workup), New Zealand, Australia, 

Singapore, 

Bahrain, North Arabian Gulf 

 Kuwait, 

Bahrain, 

Dubai, 

Bahrain, 

Dubai

1996

Dubai, 

Bahrain, 

Maldives, 

Diego Garcia, Australia, 

New Zealand (reflt)

1997

New Zealand (refit and trials), 

Raoul Island, 

New Zealand

1998

New Zealand, Australia, 

New Zealand, Dunedin (for 150th Anniversary Celebrations), Australia, 

New Zealand, Australia, 

Norfolk Island (for Medivac), 

Australia, 

Indonesia (for Medivac), 

Guam, 

Korea (for Intemational Fleet Review), 

Japan, 

China, 

Manila, 

Australia, 

New Zealand

1999

New Zealand, Westem Samoa, Niue, 

Raoul Island, 

New Zealand, Wellington (Decommissioning visit), 

Devonport Naval Base

       

 
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