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        Type 23 Frigates

        The thirteen Type 23 – or Duke-class – frigates are the core of the front-line Fleet. They can typically be found east of Suez, safeguarding Britain's vital maritime trade routes or Britain's interests in the South Atlantic. Based in Portsmouth and Devonport, the ships were designed to deal with the Soviet submarine threat – but in the 20 years since the fall of Communism, the frigates have proven their versatility by dealing with virtually every mission imaginable in the four corners of the globe - as well as maintaining that original mission of submarine hunting, aided by the world's finest sonar and either a Merlin or Lynx helicopter.

        HMS Lancaster begins new tasking
        Sailors from HMS Argyll follow in footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton
        HMS Kent
        Complement

        185Personnel

        Beam

        16.1Metres

        Displacement

        4,900Tonnes

        Draught

        7.3Metres

        Length

        133Metres

        Range (Nautical)

        7,800miles

        Top Speed

        28knots

        Vessels in Action

        • HMS Argyll

          Based in Plymouth, HMS Argyll is the longest-serving Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy. Built in the late 1980s at the Yarrow Yard in Scotstoun on the Clyde (today part of BAE Systems), she was commissioned in 1991. Following an extensive £20 million refit in Rosyth during 2009 to 2010, HMS Argyll has now emerged as one of the most up-to-date and capable frigates in the Fleet, with her structure preserved and her weapons and sensors significantly enhanced.

          Operational service and ceremony in the South Atlantic
        • HMS Kent

          HMS Kent is one of the newest of the Type 23 frigates within the Royal Navy arsenal. Built by BAE Systems’ Scotstoun Shipyard on the Clyde, she was launched on 27 May 1998 by Princess Alexandra of Kent.

          Royal Navy goodwill visit to Tripoli
        • HMS Lancaster

          HMS Lancaster was built by the Yarrow yard (today BAE Systems) on the Clyde as the fourth of 16 Type 23 frigates and joined the Fleet in Portsmouth back in 1992. Typically when on deployment, you’ll find her either in the Caribbean drug-busting or east of Suez ensuring freedom of the seas. On returning from those deployments she is greeted, wherever possible, by a Lancaster bomber of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which provides a fly past over Portsmouth Harbour.

          HMS Lancaster begins new tasking
        • HMS Portland

          HMS Portland, the fastest and most fearless Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy. She is one of the youngest Type 23 frigates in the Royal Navy and was built on the Clyde. She was launched by the Ship’s Sponsor, Lady Heather Brigstocke on 15 May 1999. HMS Portland was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 3 May 2001.

          Portland protects the nation on 24-hour call after completing six months of rigorous training
        • HMS Somerset

          HMS Somerset is currently undertaking an operational deployment in support of UK interests in the Middle East and the Gulf. The West Country’s favorite warship will be away from UK until mid 2014 conducting a wide range of operational roles East of Suez. Somerset is one of a batch of Type 23 frigates ordered in 1992 from the Yarrow yard – today BAE Systems – in Scotstoun. It was there that she was launched in June 1994 before she made her way to her home port of Devonport two years later to take her place in the Fleet.

          HMS Somerset pays visit to Isles Of Scilly
        • HMS Montrose

          Type 23 Frigate HMS Montrose, having finished her training in the South Coast Exercise Areas and off the North Scottish coast (in the form of Basic Operational Sea Training and Joint Warrior) has now left the UK for a 7 month deployment to the Mediterranean and Gulf region.

          HMS Montrose
        • HMS Monmouth

          HMS Monmouth, the ‘Black Duke’ – the ship which has more battle honours than any other serving warship.

          HMS Monmouth visits Cardiff

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