The 8th in line to bear the name Arethusa, a Leander class frigate, she was launched in Cowes, Isle of Wight on 5th November 1963. This was the last warship to be built on the island in the yard of J. Samuel White & Co..
Bearing the pennant number F38 she was armed with the latest surface, anti-aircraft and anti-submarine weapons and associated equipment.
Commissioned on 24th November 1965 under the command of Captain Ronald Day Butt CBE RN, she served with the fleet for 24 years and was finally paid off in April 1989.
The first Commanding Officer of the 8th HMS Arethusa 1965-67, Captain Ronald Day Butt CBE RN
Captain Ronald Day Butt CBE RN with Arethusa's Battle Honours
F38 taking it 'green', photographed from Ark Royal in the Med' early 70's
Electrical mess 3E 1972, Geoff is in the white T shirt, let me know if you recognise any of the other faces
F38 at the 1977 Silver Jubilee Spithead review, note that the forward gun turret has been replaced by a missile launcher. When this photo was taken the boilers were off-line so she was towed out to her mooring and the port side was painted with red lead paint!
F38 in 1978 photographed from the Royal Yacht Brittania with HM The Queen in the foreground while F38's crew cheer the Queen's ship. I believe this photo was taken by the late Lord Lichfield, apparently HRH was wearing her slippers when this was taken.
F38 leaving Pompey in 1979 outbound for a tour of the Far East.
F38 in the Azores during the late 1980's for refuelling
A nice photo of F38 from (presumably) the ship's helicopter, the caption reads "West Bay 1966"
F38 closing to fuel (from RFA Grey Rover) during exercise United Effort from Norfolk (VA) to Norway, March 1984
Nice aerial view of F38, an official RN photo, click on the image for a higher resolution image or click here for a 1280x1024 image, if you'd like a larger image please ask me via email, thanks to a £2.50 purchase on eBay I have a 5k x 4k scan of the original 10"x8" print of this image on file, take this to your local D&P store and you will get a nice print.
F38 Leaving Portsmouth 1979 with HMS Sheffield in the background.
In 1990/1991 the Admiralty decided that HMS Arethusa was to be used as a target vessel for various weapons in the Western Approaches.