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"Semper Fidelis"

Name: HMS Exeter
Operator: Royal Navy
Laid down: 22 July 1976
Launched: 25 April 1978
Commissioned: 19 September 1980
Homeport: Portsmouth
Motto: Semper Fidelis ("Always faithful")
Honours and
Falkland Islands 1982 and Kuwait 1991.
Fate: Active in service as of 2008
Class and 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 turbines producing 36 MW
Speed: 28.7 knots (56 km/h)
Complement: 287
Armament: Sea Dart missiles (removed as of November 2007)
4.5 in (114 mm) Mk 8 gun
Aircraft carried: Lynx HMA8

The ship saw service in the Falklands War shooting down four Argentine aircraft, deploying to the area from the Caribbean after the start of the British invasion operations to replace Sheffield. Exeter also served in Operation Granby, the 1991 Gulf War, under the command of Captain Nigel Essenhigh, Royal Navy, later First Sea Lord. Among her roles was the air defence of the US battleships bombarding enemy positions. She attended Falklands 25th anniversary commemorations at Newquay, Cornwall in 2007, as the last remaining Royal Navy ship in commission to have served in the Falklands.

About This site

This Site is Dedicated to the Men and Women who have served on board HMS Exeter (D89) over the past 30 years. This ship was unique in every possible way. It must also be clearly stated that it fulfilled all of its moral obligations to previous HMS Exeter's who also saw action around the world. I know for the Crew of 82 that this was not just a draft it was thee draft.


HMS Exeter (D89) is a Type 42 destroyer, the fifth ship of the Royal Navy to be named Exeter, after the city of Exeter in Devon.

Exeter was the first of the slightly modified 'Batch 2' Type 42 destroyers. This was a mid-build consideration with her later sister ship, HMS Southampton sporting a similar weapons and sensors upgrade with no discernible hull modifications. The weapons and sensors fit was the first grouping of the 1022, 992Q and 1006 radars in a British warship.

Early in her first commission, Exeter sported a turquoise hull; this was an experimental co-polymer paint which was only available in a few non-standard colours at the time. The experiment proved successful and the ship's hull was repainted to standard brick red/black during its first docking period, post Operation Corporate.

Her first few years were to be spent patrolling the North Atlantic and European waters until the then Defence Secretary, John Nott, issued his review of the Armed forces. This severely limited Exeter's future programme.


In 2006, Exeter took part in Exercise Cold Response[2], returning to Portsmouth and then departing again on 27 November 2006. On 27 May 2008 she was anchored in the Thames to host the launch of the Bond novel Devil May Care.

Her commanding officer is Commander Paul Brown since 31 July 2007


Muted farewell for a veteran of Falklands

Published Date: 05 August 2008

By Matt Jackson Defence correspondent

Falklands veterans have accused the navy of disrespecting their sacrifice as HMS Exeter came home to a muted final welcome. Read

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