HMS Exeter (1980) DG  (5th)

(The 5th HMS Exeter should have been  a Type 82 Bristol Class Destroyer, but her construction was not completed.)

So the fifth and latest HMS Exeter was a Type 42 Destroyer, the lead ship of the second batch to be constructed.

Built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd, whose keel was laid down on 22-July 1976, launched 25-April-1978, and commissioned 19-Sept-1980.

Took part in the Falklands War of 1982. 

During the 1st Gulf War of 1991, provided escort duties for a US Battleship and Mine Counter-measures units off the coast of Kuwait.

In 1997 she began an extensive refit at Rosyth Dockyard, and rejoined the Fleet on 11-Sept-1998.

The ship's motto is: Semper Fidelis - 'Always faithful'.

Took part in the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review.

Paid off at Portsmouth 27-May-2009. The last warship that took part in the Falklands War to be decommissioned.

Won the Battle Honours: Falkland Islands 1982 and Kuwait 1991.


Other HMS Exeter
- 1st  HMS Exeter
- 2nd HMS Exeter
- 3rd HMS Exeter
- 4th HMS Exeter
- 5th HMS Exeter

- Type 42 (1975) DG Class
- Specifications
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- Plans/Schematics
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- Full Battle Honours

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This page last edited - 15 January, 2013.

Copyright Ian M King, except where otherwise indicated.