Missile test on ex Royal Navy Destroyer.
The biggest Royal Navy warship to be sunk since the1939-45 War left Portsmouth dockyard yesterday and will be sent to the bottom of the Atlantic
The 22-year-old guided missile destroyer Devonshire will be attacked by a Harrier jump-jet in the first live firing of the British Aerospace Sea Eagle anti-ship missile.
The damage caused by the Sea Eagle will be closely monitored and its destructive capability compared with that of the Exocet.
Rear Admiral PETER HOWES who has died at his home- in Heytesbury, Wiltsthite, aged 67, won the DSC during a 35 year Naval career. From 1968 to 1972 he was Private Secretary to the Lord Mayor of London.
He entered the Navy at. Dartmouth in 1930, and served as a junior officer in ships of every kind. In 1941 he was awarded the DSC for service with the 6th Motor Gunboat Flotilla. The following year, he became a communications specialist and was on the senior officer’s staff during the Dieeppe raid.
In 1947 he was senior Aide de Camp to lord Mountbatten as Viceroy of India- and from 1955 to 1958 was Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord. He was Commander of the Navy’s first guided missile destroyer HMS Devonshire,
5,200 tons, when she commissioned in 1963. he was made CB in 1966.
(Daily Telegraph May 24th 1976.)
The Guided Missile Destroyer HMS Devonshire, which sailed yesterday from Malta for Odessa on the first Royal Naval visit to a Russian port in ten years, will in one sense be carrying on whwere she left off.
It was the Devonshire which made the last visit to a Russian port. This was to Leningrad with Admiral Sir John Frewen.
The latest visit – which is timed to begin at the same moment as the Soviet Cruiser Obraztsovy arrives in Portsmouth on Friday – was arranged by Mr Callaghan and Mr Gromyko in March.
The Devonshire will fly the falag of Admiral Anthony Morton, Flag Officer of the First Flotilla, who as a junior officer took part in convoys to Mumansk.
(19 July 1978)
A HELICOPTER hit the superstructure of the guided missile destroyer Devonshire and plunged to the sea yesterday while Princess Alexandra was being entertained onboard.
The helicopter’s flotation bags prevented it from sinking and the crew of three were lifted to safety unhurt when another helicopter that arrived minutes later
The accident off Portsmouth happened as the ship’s company entertained 800 guests for final day at sea before the Devonshire is sold to a foreign navy, probably Egypt.
Commanding officer Capt. Andrew Buchanan said:
“There will be an official inquiry so I can say very little about the incident at this stage. But I can say I can certainly have managed without it.” The rescue operation went perfectly, he said.