HMS Intrepid (L11)

HMS Intrepid was the second and final amphibious assault ship Fearless class of the British Navy. Together with her sister ship HMS Fearless she was until 1999 the heart of the amphibious forces of the United Kingdom. She was the eighth ship of the Royal Navy, which was given the name HMS Intrepid.


HMS Intrepid was in 1964 at the shipyard of John Brown & Company in Clydebank from the stack. Half a year after her commissioning in November 1967, she supported the withdrawal of British troops from Aden. In the following years she was from Hong Kong mainly in the Pacific and the Indian Ocean in use.

In 1982, the Intrepid were sent along with her sister ship Fearless as part of the Royal Navy Task Group under the Falklands War to the Falklands. She supported there, the landing of British troops on the territories occupied by Argentine Islands. Upon her return to England she was subjected to an extensive modernization in Devonport. From 1985 to 1991 she served primarily as a training ship of the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

In 1991, the Intrepid was moored in Portsmouth and set to the reserve state, with a reactivation period of one month. 1996 the Ministry of Defence decided to replace the Intrepid and her sister ship by two new buildings. On 31 August 1999 it was officially decommissioned after they had spent eight years no longer leave their home port. Actually, the Intrepid to be scrapped in 2003, but this was delayed due to the high asbestos content. In February 2007, the Defense Department announced that the ship from Leavesley International in Liverpool is to be scrapped. The Intrepid left on 10 September 2008 for the last time her home port of Portsmouth and met two days later in Liverpool one, where it was started immediately scrapped.

Successor of the Fearless class are the HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark Landungsdockschiffe.


HMS Intrepid was designed for the transportation and use of 488 marines or soldiers, in serious cases could be taken up to 670 on board. The ship had three vehicle decks on which up to 20 heavy battle tanks and 40 heavy trucks could be accommodated. For the landing of troops and materiel four LCM9 - landing craft were available that could each carry 100 tons of cargo, two tanks or 100 troops. They were transported and loaded in a 60 m long corrugated deck. This is associated with ramps, the vehicle deck in order to allow easy loading. In addition, four smaller LCVP can be carried on davits, which could each carry 30 soldiers or two Land Rover. For air transport, the Intrepid had a helicopter deck for up to seven helicopters. In general, the ship led by a mix of Sea King, Lynx and Gazelle helicopters.

The ship also has the necessary command and communication facilities for the control of sea, land and air forces in landing operations in brigades size.


The standard armament of the Intrepid consisted of two 40 -mm anti-aircraft guns in 1984 to replace two 20 -mm guns, and two Sea Cat missile launchers, in 1984 replaced by two 20 mm Phalanx CIWS. This light armament of the ship is due to the fact that it always operated in association with frigates and destroyers, which should ensure the safety of the ship.