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Dive the Scylla off Plymouth – Weekend of 10th / 11th July.  £95 per person gets you 2 dives per day and 2 night’s bed and breakfast.  The boat will be “Furious” a large and comfortable Lochin 38 with a stern lift.  

Available dives will be chosen by majority vote.  It is hoped that we will be able to dive the Scylla at least once.  All dives will be suitable for BS-AC Sport / PADI AOW and above.  Contact me by e-mail.    

HMS Scylla - F71 – A Brief History

A Royal Navy "Leander" class Frigate (Type 12 Improved) built at Devonport Naval Dockyard, launched 8th Aug 1968 and commissioned 12th Feb 1970.  

On January 23rd 1973 Scylla collided with the Torpoint Chain Ferry at Plymouth.  She embarked on a 'Cod War' Fishery Protection Patrol the following May and was rammed by the Icelandic Gunboat Aegir on June 7th.  

On June 24th 1974 Scylla arrived at Possession Island to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Captain James Cook's original landing.  She undertook more 'Cod War' patrols between 1975 and 1976 and in 1977 she attended the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review.  In August 1980 she dispatched emergency relief teams to the hurricane stricken island Cayman Brac.  

Scylla underwent Exocet modernization between 1980 and 1984.  She was retired from service in 1994 and laid up in Fareham Creek, Portsmouth Harbour.  Her sister ship, HMS Sirius, was sunk off XXX in 1998 to form an artificial reef.  Scylla is now the last surviving Royal Navy Leander class frigate afloat in Britain and is the last warship built in Plymouth at the Devonport Naval Dockyard.  

In the 1990s it was proposed that Scylla be sunk to form an artificial reef off the Cornish coast.  If all goes to plan she will be sunk early this year in Whitsand Bay not far from the wreck of the James Eagan Layne.
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