A bid was launched to preserve the Type 82 destroyer HMS BRISTOL D 23 , the only ship of her class built for the Royal Navy as a museum ship in Portsmouth.
In fact she’s the only FALKLANDS WAR survivor in Britain. During 1991 while she was part of the Dartmouth training squadron, she suffered a Olympus gas turbine failure that damaged the power turbine. The damage was beyond economical repair and no longer having enough value to be sold to another navy, she became a Harbour Training ship at the shore establishment HMS EXCELLENT.
HMS BRISTOL D 23 paid off last Wednesday 28th October, 2020 after 47 years of naval service. She was laid down by Swan Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders Ltd on 15 th November 1967. She was launched on 30th June 1969, and accepted into service on 15th December 1972 of which she was commissioned on 31st March 1973. Her estimated building cost was £24,217,000.
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During 2020 the HMS Bristol Preservation Society launched a campaign to save HMS BRISTOL D 23 as a museum ship. A petition was published on the United Kingdom Parliament website that has garnered over 11,000 signatories.
Meanwhile in December 2022 the society launched another petition – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/628268
More articles on HMS BRISTOL launched on our site can be found here too.
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Published – Saturday 14th January, 2023.