The sixth HMS Norfolk (F230) was laid down in 1985. She was commissioned on the 1st of June 1990. HMS Norfolk was the ‘first of class’, as well as being the first of a new generation of ‘Lean Man Crew’ ships.
In 1994, HMS Norfolk became the first Royal Navy warship to visit South Africa in over 20 years, a visit designed to show that the commonwealth was ready to accept South Africa as an ally again. She conducted many operations since then, including a deployment to Sierra Leone in 2000 as part of a Royal Navy task force to assist in restoration of peace and stability. She has also served in the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf, as well as being involved in Standing Naval Force Atlantic.
Norfolk was the first ship to be armed with the Vertical Launch Seawolf missile system. Norfolk was also the first Royal Navy warship to be re-armed with the new 4.5 inch (114 mm) Mod 1 gun system. She was decommissioned at Devonport on 15 April 2005.
In June 2005, it was announced that Norfolk would be sold to the Chilean Navy. She was commissioned into the Chilean Navy on 22 November 2006 as Almirante Cochrane (FF-05) (named after Lord Cochrane).
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