|Between 1968 and 1969 Minerva was on station in the
West Indies during civil unrest.
|In November 1969 our Westlands Wasp HAS1 XT788 was
aboard with Nigel Dark as pilot. Click here
for our Wasp page.
|As part of his Sub-Lieutenant qualifying course HRH
Prince Charles joined Minerva in 1973 for a voyage to the West Indies.
| In 1975 whilst in the West Indies again Minerva
transported police from the island of Tortola to Grand Turk where
there was unrest.
|In October 1978 Minerva suffered a boiler room fire
at Portsmouth and was towed to Chatham for repairs by RMAS Confident.
On December 15th 1979 Minerva was alongside at Devonport during a
storm, when a Dockyard crane crashed on to her and Type 21 Frigate
Ambuscade, destroying Minervas starboard Seacat launcher and
damaging her hanger and various aerials.
|Minerva left Portsmouth on May 10th 1982 for the
Falklands war as part of the reinforcement group led by HMS Bristol.
On arrival she relived Argonaut as a AA picket in San Carlos Water.
During the war She directed a Sea Harrier attack on an enemy C-130
Hercules aircraft. Returned to Plymouth with Amazon Class Frigate
Active on 3rd August.
|On 22nd November 1982 Minerva rammed Yarmouths
stern whilst docking at Portland. Between October 1984 and March 1985
Minerva carried out a Falklands patrol.
|In 1990 Minerva completed an extensive refit at Devonport
Dockyard and joined the Dartmouth Training Squadron. She embarked
on the Endeavour 90 training deployment visiting 15 countries in six
months including India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, USA, Mexico
and the Caribbean.
|Minerva paid off 30th April 1992 and was sold with
sistership Cleopatra for breaking up at Alang in India. They left
Portsmouth under tow on September 21st 1993, but they lost the tow
and drifted and the journey restarted at South Africa.