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Royal Navy F173 Sunderland c1990s
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No: 21781   Contributor: Chris Hall Teesside   Year: 1985   Manufacturer: Yarrow Shipbuilders, Glasgow, United Kingdom   Country: United Kingdom
Royal Navy F173 Sunderland c1990s

This Royal Navy vessel was seen at the port of Sunderland around 1986.Numbered F173 I think it is a Frigate?
Picture added on 29 March 2013 at 08:09
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Would that be Type 21 frigate F173 HMS Arrow?

Added by Marcel Gommers on 29 March 2013.
It might well be Marcel. I dont know that much about the Royal Navy. This picture was taken as we went past in our Teesside Daimler L544 on the way home from the Tyne Tees run at South Shields just up the coast. I dont remember seeing a name. By the way, the date is 1996 not 1986 as I've mistakenly put.

Added by Chris Hall Teesside UK on 29 March 2013.
HMS Arrow was Sunderland's adopted warship from 1975 until 1993 when she was sold to the Pakistani Navy. This is indeed her but the houses behind the Corporation Quay were demolished before 1996. I think you were right with 1986 Chris.

Added by Anthony Renton on 14 May 2013.
Marcel is correct: the Arrow was a Type 21 frigate. I saw her at the Jubilee Naval Review in 1977 & will submit a photo of her today. A Wikipedia article gives the year of her decommissioning & sale to Pakistan as 1994.

Added by David T. Jackson on 16 May 2013.
Hi, I stumbled upon this picture and it bought back some great memories of Arrows visit to Sunderland. I served in HMS Arrow from 1984 to 1987, this photo would have been taken around October or November 1985 when the ship visited her adopted city. Shortly after Arrow entered a three and a half months maintenance period at Devonport. In the three years I served on Arrow this was the only time the ship visited the city that I can recall, although members of the ships company did make regular visits when the ships programme and location allowed. Very memorable for the warm hospitality and civic reception the city of Sunderland extended to the Ship and her company.

Added by A. Williams on 11 August 2013.
Apart from the two that were Lost in Action in the Falklands Campaign in 1982 , all the Amazon's were sold to Pakistan , which are still in service.

Added by Dave Forbes on 16 May 2014.
Yes I served on Arrow joining her on her return froom the conflict. Arrow was Sunderland adopted ship. I wrote to SAFC, to then manager Alan Durban if I recall correctly, to ask if our ships team could play Sunderland reserves at Roker Park. We played the youth team instead at the clubs training ground; just as well as we got humped 7-0 or 7-1.

Added by Michael 'George' Scott on 14 November 2014.
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