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HMS Nottingham was a batch two Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy, named from the city of Nottingham, England. She was launched on 18 February 1980, and commissioned on 8 April 1983 as the sixth warship to bear the name. On 7 July 2002, Nottingham ran aground on the submerged but well-charted Wolf Rock near Lord Howe Island, 370 miles (600 km) off the coast of Australia causing 26 million worth of damage. A 160-foot (49 m) hole was torn down the side of the vessel from bow to bridge, flooding five of her compartments and nearly causing her to sink. The accident happened in poor weather after a set of maneuvers to allow a sailor with an emergency medical condition to be evacuated to Lord Howe Island. On 6 August, Nottingham set out on her journey for repairs to the port of Newcastle, north of Sydney, towed stern-first because of the damage to her bow.


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