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Name: PENELOPE
Type: Frigate
Keel: 14/03/1961
Launched: 17/08/1962
Completed: 31/10/1963
Builder: Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 165
Dimensions: 2450disp to 2860disp, 360.0 x 41.0 x 18.0(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x steam turbines, English Electric type, 30000hp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 30.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 1 x 2 x 4.5ins, 2 x 40mm guns; Limbo anti-submarine mortar;
1 x Wasp helicopter
History:
31/10/1963 British Royal Navy
1991 Government of Ecuador; renamed PRESIDENTE ELOY ALFARO
19/03/2008 Decommissioned
Comments: Member of the 26 ship Leander class
Originally ordered as a Type 41 frigate to be called PANTHER
Laid down as a Salisbury Class frigate named COVENTRY
Allocated pennant number F127
1966: Converted into a trials ship for the Sea Wolf missile system
Alledged to have brought down Aer Lingus Flight 712 by mistake
1981: Fitted with Exocet missiles as a test bed
Post 2008: Broken up


Above photo of PENELOPE fitting out copyright of Brian Hargreaves

Above photo copyright of the Royal Navy

Above photo copyright of Peter Crichton

Above 2 photos as a trials ship

Above 2 photos converted to carry Exocet missiles

Above photo as PRESIDENTE ELOY ALFARO courtesy of Photoship