St Albans

HMS St Albans

HMS St Albans (F83), the 16th and last of the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates to be built, was launched on 6 May 2000. Constructed by BAE Systems at Scotstoun, she was delivered to the Royal Navy in November 2001.

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HMS St Alban’s emerged from an extensive £25M refit late in 2014. She then returned to sea following a short maintenance period alongside in base port. Performance assessment trials ensured that the ship’s weapons, sensor and machinery systems were fully operational and correctly aligned.

HMS St Albans has set sail for a nine-month deployment, focusing on maritime security operations, in the Middle East.

St Albans will continue the work that her sister ship, HMS Richmond, carried out earlier this year as part of the Royal Navy’s long term presence East of Suez.

Her task is to police the seas and promote UK interests in the region by acting as a deterrent to illegal activity, safeguarding allied and merchant shipping and help ensure that global trade can proceed without a hitch.

In preparation for deployment the crew have undertaken two fast paced training periods with Flag Officer Sea Training, the Royal Navy training organisation, famed world-wide for the tough trials it puts ships and crew through.

The ship, nicknamed the Saint, is the first to deploy with the combined aviation technology of a Merlin Mk2 helicopter and ScanEagle unmanned aircraft.


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St Albans honours Jutland heroes

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Saints and winners as St Albans embraces RN fitness drive on patrol in the Gulf

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Current operation Operation Kipion

Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October 1980, after the Iran/Iraq conflict of that year, and more recently operations have extended further south with the increase in piracy off the Somalia coast.

Having warships present in the region is one of the main tools the UK has to show our commitment to this part of the world.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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Unit History

The First St Albans1687

The first HMS St Albans was a 50-gun fourth rate which served under William of Orange until storms wrecked her off Kinsale in 1693.

Battle Honours1692

Barfleur 1692

The Second St Albans1706

St Albans No.2 suffered a similar fate. Also a fourth rate 50-gunner, she fell victim to a hurricane in Jamaica in 1744.

The Third St Albans1747

The name was resurrected. in the third St Albans, a 60 gun fourth rate, saw considerable action off Africa against the French in a brief but glorious career which ended in 1764.

Battle Honours1759

Lagos 1759

The Fourth HMS St Albans1764

The next HMS St Albans was a 64 gun Third rate. She was heavily engaged in the American Wars of Independence, taking part in the British victories off St Kitts and The Saints.

Battle Honours1778

St Lucia 1778

Battle Honours1782

St Kitts 1782
The Saints 1782

The Fifth St Albans1918

The fifth bearer of the name had by far the most interesting career, beginning life under the Stars and Stripes in 1918 as the destroyer USS Thomas.

Joining the Navy1940

The fifth HMS St Albans joined the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Agreement in 1940 when Britain acquired numerous US warships for the lease of her bases around the world. 

Battle Honours1941

Atlantic 1941-43

Battle Honours1942

English Channel 1942
Arctic 1942

Battle Honours1943

North Sea 1943

To Russia With Love1949

When Britian decided that the fifth HMS St Albans was no longer needed she was loaned to the USSR renamed this time Dostoinyi (Worthy), she was handed back to the UK for breaking up in 1949.

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Commanding Officer Richard Hutchings

Rank: Commander

Richard joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer in 1996, he took command of HMS St Albans on the 13th April 2015.

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HMS St Albans is the 16th and last of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates to be built

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Displacement: 4,900 tonnes; length: 133m; beam: 16.1m; complement: 185