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Fearless-class Landing Platform Dock

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The Fearless-class landing platform docks were the first purpose-built amphibious warfare vessels in the Royal Navy. The class comprised only two ships: HMS Fearless (L10) and HMS Intrepid (L11).

Designed as Landing Platform Docks, they were designed to transport and land troops by sea either using Landing Craft Utility or helicopters. As constructed, the ships have an internal dock that is accessed via the stern—while in port, vehicles can simply drive up the stern ramp and into the internal vehicle decks. At sea, the ships could partially sink themselves at the stern, flooding the internal dock and allowing landing craft to come right up to the edge of the vehicle deck.

Each ship carried four LCUs in the stern dock, with four more smaller landing craft on davits on the superstructure. They provided accommodation for up to 400 troops (though if no vehicles were carried, up to 700 could be accommodated using the vehicle decks and corridors).

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Landing Platform Dock
  • Service Period: 1965-2002
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 520 feet (158.5 meters)
    • Beam: 80 feet (24.39 meters)
    • Draft: 21 feet (6.4 meters)
    • Displacement:
      • 11,060 long tons (11,240 t) standard
      • 12,120 long tons (12,310 t) full load
      • 16,950 long tons (17,220 t) ballasted
  • Capacity: 700 troops, 15 tanks, 27 vehicles
  • Crew: 580
  • Propulsion:
    • 2 x shafts
    • 2 x English Electric Steam turbines
    • 2 x Babock & Wilcox boilers (550 psi (3,800 kPa) at 850 °F (454 °C)) 22,000 shp (16,000 kW)
  • Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 kilometers) at 20 knots (37.04 km/hr)
  • Speed: 22 knots (40.75 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite
    • Type 974 search radar
    • Type 978 Navigation radar
  • Armament
    • Original Armament
      • 4 x Sea Cat SAM Launchers
      • 2 x Bofors 40/60
    • 1985 Refit
      • 2 x Sea Cat SAM Launchers
      • 4 x Oerlikon KCB 30 mm cannon (2 twin mounts)
      • 2 x Oerlikon GAM-B01 20 mm cannon
  • Aircraft Carried: 5 x Westland Wessex helicopters (later it carried 5 x Sea King helicopters)
  • Boats and Landing Craft Carried:
    • 4 x LCM (9) landing craft in dock
    • 4 x LCVP landing craft on davits

Unit Run[edit]

Pennant number Name (a) Hull builder
(b) Main machinery manufacturers
Laid down Launched Accepted into service Commissioned Estimated building cost[1] Decommissioning Date Notes
L10 HMS Fearless (a) Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast
(b) English Electric Co Ltd, Rugby (steam turbines)
(b) David Brown & Co Ltd, Huddersfield (gearing) [2]
25 July 1962 19 December 1963 November 1965 [2] 25 November 1965 £11,250,000 [2] March 18, 2002
L11 HMS Intrepid (a) John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank
(b) English Electric Co Ltd, Rugby (steam turbines)
(b) David Brown & Co Ltd, Huddersfield (gearing) [3]
19 December 1962 25 June 1964 March 1967 [3] 11 March 1967 £10,300,000 [3] August 31, 1999

References[edit]

  1. "Unit cost, i.e. excluding cost of certain items (e.g. aircraft, First Outfits)."
    Text from Defences Estimates
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Defence Estimates, 1966-67, page 72, Table 3 (Programme): List and particulars of new ships which have been accepted or are expected to be accepted into HM service during the Financial Year ended 31st March 1966
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Defence Estimates, 1966-67, page 75, Table 3 (Programme): List and particulars of new ships which have been accepted or are expected to be accepted into HM service during the Financial Year ended 31st March 1967
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