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        HMS Kent

        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.

        invicta - Unconquerable

        Ship's Motto
        HMS Kent

        On the 9 October 2013 HMS Kent returned from a successful Op KIPION deployment to the Indian Ocean.

        During her six months away the Ship conducted Maritime Security Operations, multi national exercises and engagement visits to Mumbai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Oman.

        After a period of well earned leave the Ship’s Company have worked hard during a busy maintenance period to get HMS Kent ready to return to sea.

        HMS Kent will now spend much of 2014 honing her skills at sea to ensure the Ship remains able to react to short notice contingent operations.



        Andrew Block

        Andrew Block
        HMS Liverpool, Nottingham, Manchester, Invincible, Campbeltown, St Albans, HMAS Canberra
        Military experience

        Andrew Block began his service in the Royal Navy in 1990, joining as a weapons engineer. After spending the majority of the intervening period at sea or deployed overseas, he recently commanded the Frigate HMS ST Albans

        Following junior appointments on HMS Liverpool, Nottingham and Richmond he served as the Operations Officer on the Australian frigate HMAS Canberra. Returning to the UK, he was appointed as the Operations Officer, HMS Manchester. Subsequently he joined the Fleet Flagship, the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible, as the Senior Warfare Officer before becoming Executive Officer of HMS Campbeltown.

        His maritime operational experience includes 2 years as a boarding officer in the Adriatic and Northern Gulf. As a warfare officer, he has deployed to the Gulf on a number of occasions, conducted counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean, counter-piracy off Somalia, peace support operations in the Solomon Islands and coordinated Task Group operations in support of operations ashore in Afghanistan.

        Commander Block’s staff appointments include advising the Head of the Iraqi Navy in Baghdad, and having completed the UK’s Advanced Command and Staff Course, he was appointed to lead NATO’s force generation team responsible for coordinating the provision of forces from the 50 ISAF-contributing nations to the Commander in Afghanistan. Most recently he was loaned to UK Trade and Investment, to help plan and execute the world’s largest Defence and Security exhibition.

        In November 2013, he said “taking Command of HMS Kent is a huge honour, I am exceptionally proud to be leading her ‘unconquerable’ Ship’s Company as we continue to protect the UK’s interests in home and foreign waters”.




        HMS Kent returns from NATO exercise
        16 April 2014

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        Military training exercise Joint Warrior draws to a close
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        Maritime security - On Patrol

        CURRENT STATUS: active

        British ships and units are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.


        Weapons System

        Type 23 Weapons System
        type 23
        • 4.5Mk8 Gun
          medium calibre weapon system
          Mk8 4.5 Gun

          If you're looking for punch and firepower, then the 4.5in main gun, found on the forecastle of all the Royal Navy's destroyer's frigates and destroyers, is the most obvious provider. Even in an age of missiles, there's still a need for a weapon to pulverise enemy positions and demoralise the foe - and the 4.5in gun has done so in the Falklands and Iraq. The gun can fire up to two dozen high explosive shells weighing more than 40kg (80lbs) at targets more than a dozen miles away - and nearly 18 miles if special extended-range shells are used. In various forms, the 4.5in has been the Navy's standard medium gun since before World War 2, embodied today by the Mk8 which has been in service since the early 1970s. There are two types of Mk8 used by the Fleet. The older Mod 0 (with its curved turret), which is gradually being replaced, and the angular Mod 1 (nicknamed Kryten after the robot on the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf) which is harder for enemy radar to pick up. The main purpose of the gun is Naval Gunfire Support – artillery bombardment of shore targets. In this role the gun is capable of firing the equivalent of a six-gun shore battery. The Mk8 can also be used effectively against surface targets at sea.

        • Harpoon
          Anti-ship missile System

          Harpoon is the long-range lance of the Type 23 frigate, capable of destroying enemy ships far beyond the horizon. Fitted to all Type 23 Frigates, the Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) Harpoon is a sophisticated anti-ship missile capable of striking at targets more than 80 miles away. Harpoon uses a combination of inertial guidance and active radar homing to attack its prey. Cruising at Mach 0.9 and carrying a large high explosive warhead it is powered by a lightweight turbojet, but is accelerated at launch by a booster rocket.

        • Helicopter
          Airbourne weapons System

          The Merlin Mk1 have been in service with the Fleet Air Arm since the late 1990s and, after thorough testing and evaluation, the helicopters have been on the front line since 2000. Our job is to find – and if necessary destroy – enemy submarines using our state-of-the-art sonar bouys which we drop into the ocean and Sting Ray torpedoes. Beyond searching for submarines, we carry out traditional maritime helicopter duties: anti-piracy/drug-running patrols, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, and passenger and load transfers

        • Sea Wolf
          Surface to Air Missile system
          Sea wolf

          Seawolf is the shield of Britain’s frigate fleet against air attack. Defending Britain's frigate fleet against air attack, the Seawolf missile has been in service for more than 30 years and has proven itself in action in the Falklands. Unlike Sea Viper and Sea Dart, Seawolf is intended to defend an individual ship rather than a task group, engaging aircraft or sea-skimming missiles. It is fired either from a vertical silo on Type 23 frigates, and guided on to its target courtesy of a tracking system on the ship. The original Seawolf had a very limited range of just six miles, but the frigate fleet is in the middle of receiving the latest, more potent version of the missile system. It means that Seawolf can track – and destroy – a target the size of a cricket ball travelling at three times the speed of sound well beyond the limit of the original missile. If the system was placed in the middle of London, it could track its target over the M25 and knock it out of the sky over the North Circular - and the whole action would last under 20 seconds. Each Type 23 frigate carries out at least two Seawolf firings on ranges off the UK coast before each deployment.

        • DLH Decoy Launch System
          active decoy system

          The DLH system is carried by the Navy's frigates and is designed to lure attacking anti-ship missiles away from the unit.

        • Torpedo
          Magazine torpedo launch System (MTLS)

          Dropped by Lynx and Merlin helicopters, and launched from the MTLS, Sting Ray is a small lightweight torpedo designed to destroy enemy submarines. It weighs seven times less than torpedoes fired by submarines, racing through the water at more than 50mph at targets half a dozen miles away, delivering a 100lb explosive charge powerful enough to punch through the double hulls of modern submarines. Once Sting Ray is fired it uses the information provided initially by the helicopter and gathers fresh intelligence on its target using its sonar and onboard software which is designed not to be fooled by the enemy submarine’s decoys.

        • Towed Array
          Sub Surface detection system
          towed array

        • 30mm Gun
          Medium Calibre gun system
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        HMS Kent


        HMS Kent HISTORY

        • Battle History

          1653 Portland (the Kentish Frigate) 1653 Gabbard (the Kentish Frigate)

        • The First Kent

          The first Kent was originally known as the Kentish Frigate and was a 4th Rate of 46 guns built in Deptford in 1653. She spent seven years in Oliver Cromwell's Navy during which time she attacked a squadron of Tunisian warships lying in Porto Farina, on the Barbary Coast. She silenced both the guns of both the ships and the fort to win her third battle honours. She was renamed HMS Kent by Charles II in his restoration to the throne. She served with distinction in the second Dutch war, the Battle of Lowestoft and the Battle of Orfordness and was driven ashore as a prison ship in 1672.

        • Battle History

          1655 Porto Farina 1665 Lowestoft

        • Battle History

          1666 Orfordness

        • The Second Kent

          The Second Kent, 1679 - 1744 Six years later the second Kent, a 3rd Rate of 70 guns, was launched at Blackwall. She gained the next four Battle Honours fighting the French and Spanish in the Mediterranean in more celebrated victories than any other Kent to date. Her first action was in 1692 when as part of the Anglo-Dutch fleet she fought in the Battle of Barfleur. In 1702 she was in Admiral Rooke's fleet during the Battle of Vigo, a famous action in which the entire fleet of seventeen French warships and seventeen Spanish galleons were captured or destroyed. Five years later in the Battle of Malaga, Kent helped to defeat a Franco-Spanish attempt to capture the Rock of Gibraltar, earlier taken by Rooke. In 1718, in Admiral Byng's fleet, she helped fight off a Spanish force threatening Sicily. In 1774, Kent was serving in Admiral Vernon's West Indies fleet and took part in her last engagement, the bombardment of the Spanish Garrison at Santiago da Cuba. Finally, after a long and glorious life of 65 years, she was condemned as unfit for further service and broken up.

        • Battle History

          1692 Barfleur

        • Battle History

          1702 Vigo

        • The Third Kent

          The Third Kent, 1746 - 1757 The third HMS Kent was again a 3rd Rate, this time of 74 guns and was commissioned at Deptford in 1746. Her first taste of action was in 1747 off Cape Finisterre when she was part of a fleet sent to intercept a convoy of 250 French ships bound home from the West Indies. Soon after this the ship distinguished herself, this time under Admiral Hawke at the battle of Ushant. The action resulted in the destruction of most of the French consorts of a strongly defended convoy. In 1756, she joined the East Indies Squadron under Admiral Watson and took part in the recapture of Calcutta and the relief of the Black Hole from the infamous Suraj ud Dowlah. General Clive was heavily engaged with the French in India at the time and some of Kent's Ships Company joined the Naval brigade which assisted Clive's victory at the Battle of Plessey.

        • The Fourth Kent

          The Fourth Kent, 1762 - 1784 The Fourth Kent, was another 3rd Rate of 74 guns. She suffered an explosion in 1774 when a piece of wadding from a cannon was blown inboard and landed in an open arms chest on the poop deck. The explosion caused major damage and, although she was rebuilt, she never saw active service in her twenty-one years.

        • The Fifth Kent

          The Fifth Kent, 1797 - 1881 The fifth Kent was the fourth, and last, 3rd Rate. She was built on the Thames and claimed her first victim on the day of her launch when she hit an East Indiaman that was being launched on and adjacent slipway. This was three years before the end of the war with Revolutionary France allied with Holland. In 1799 Admiral Duncan flew his flag in Kent to receive the Dutch surrender. Two years later, Kent helped to escort General Abercrombie's army to Egypt where the destroyed Napoleon's hopes of advancing through the Middle East to India. In 1812, Kent's active life ended and she was laid up at Devonport. When she was finally broken up in 1881 she had become so much of a landmark that her figurehead was preserved at the main gate of the dockyard.

        • The Sixth Kent

          The Sixth Kent, 1799 - 1801 The sixth Kent was an armed cutter only existed for two years, while the fifth Kent was still in commission. She was an armed cutter of fourteen guns and spent her two years in the Downs Squadron.

        • The Seventh Kent

          The Seventh Kent, 1860 The seventh Kent was laid down in 1860 but was cancelled before launch in 1862.

        • The Eighth Kent

          The eighth Kent was originally known as HMS Impregnable and then became HMS Caledonia in 1891.

        • The Ninth Kent

          The Ninth Kent, 1901 - 1920 The ninth Kent was built in Portsmouth and commissioned in 1901 as a First Class cruiser. August 1914 saw her in the dockyard hands at Portsmouth. She sailed in the October to escort Transports from South Africa shortly before the Battle of Colonel. It was no surprise to Kent to be ordered to join Admiral Sturdee's squadron to seek and destroy the German squadron under Admiral Van Spree. Kent successfully chased the Nurnberg for seven hours eventually catching her, and after an engagement of just over and hour, sank her. The rest of Kent's year was spent on convoy duties and resistance to the Bolshevik Revolution. In 1920 she was paid off in Hong Kong. Her Battle ensign is laid up in Canterbury Cathedral and her ship's bell is in Rochester Cathedral.

        • The Tenth Kent

          The Tenth Kent, 1928 - 1947 The tenth Kent was one of the first County Class cruisers, built under the Washington Agreement, which limited displacement to 10,000 tonnes and the biggest gun to 8" calibre. The Countess of Stanhope, who had launched the ship, commissioned her on the 25th June 1928. Six weeks after the Commissioning she arrived in Hong Kong to hoist the flag of the Commander-in-Chief and start the first eleven years of her life as the Flagship in the China Fleet. Those were good years for Kent and, as one commission followed another, she built up a reputation which stood her in good stead during WW2. Kent was hit by a bomb in Devonport but recommissioned in time to join the Fleet in Scapa in October 1943. From then until 1944 she patrolled the Northern approaches to the Atlantic and escorted more than 18 convoys to Russia. In 1944, the ship took part in a number of operations off the Norwegian coast which were, at first, designed to direct Hitler's attention away from Normandy. At last, on 14th November 1944, flying the flag of Rear Admiral McGrigor, Kent led a successful attack on a convoy of 11 ships and escorts off Lister fjord. This was the ship's last action and she was transferred to the Reserve fleet in January 1945. Two years later she was broken up.

        • The Eleventh Kent

          The Eleventh Kent, 1963 - 1997 The eleventh Kent was laid down in Belfast by Harland and Wolff in 1960 and Commissioned in 1963. She was a County Class destroyer and one of her more unusual roles was that of host ship to the 'Withdrawl from Empire' negotiations in Gibraltar. She was present at the Jubilee Review at Spithead in 1977 and her Cold War career ended in 1984 when became a Harbour Training Ship for the Sea Cadet Corps. In 1998 she was towed to India to be broken up.

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