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        HMS Richmond

        HMS Richmond is among the most tried and tested in the Fleet, having pounded Saddam Hussein’s defences on the Al Faw peninsula in the opening hours of the 2003 Iraq campaign, to providing vital aid in the Caribbean after Hurricane Ivan – the tenth strongest storm in history – steamrollered through a succession of islands in 2004.

        a deo et rege - From God and the King

        Ship's Motto
        A stunning landscape welcomes HMS Richmond

        She emerged from a comprehensive £20 million upgrade package in 2012 and having successfully completed over two months Operational Sea Training, is one of the most capable warships in the world.

        As 2014 dawns, HMS Richmond continues her seven month operational deployment which includes operations off Europe, Africa, the Antarctic, South America and in the Caribbean.

        Since departing her homeport of Portsmouth in early August last year she has steamed over 25,000 miles, conducted visits to four continents including five UK overseas territories and worked with numerous international maritime partners including the Dutch Navy, Cape Verde Coast Guard and South African Navy.

        HMS Richmond has conducted a range of operations to bolster maritime security, deterring illicit activity on the high seas and providing reassurance to allies and UK dependencies.

        These Maritime Security Operations have been conducted whilst ensuring high readiness for contingency tasking, whether that be Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operations, Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations or any other mission directed by the Fleet Commander.

        HMS Richmond is the seventh Royal Navy ship to proudly bear the name and enjoys strong links to several affiliations in both Richmond upon Thames and Richmond, North Yorkshire.


        Mark Anderson

        Lt Cdr M Anderson
        HMS Ledbury, Ocean, Sutherland, Kent, Mersey
        Military experience

        Commander Mark Anderson was born and educated in Belfast before gaining a degree in Physics from St Andrew’s University and entering the Royal Navy.

        Early appointments to the Hong Kong Squadron, West Indian Guard Ship and Northern Ireland Squadron were followed by an assignment to the Mine Hunter, HMS Ledbury as Gunnery Officer, completing his time onboard as a Boarding Officer for the Fishery Protection Squadron. Anderson then joined the Amphibious Assault Ship, HMS Ocean as Bosun. This included deployment to the Gulf as part of the international maritime response post the attacks of 9/11.

        Appointed to HMS Sutherland as Navigating Officer in the summer of 2002, Anderson took the Ship from the refit sheds through Basic Operational Sea Training and then ultimately to and from the Gulf as part of Operation TELIC and the War Against Terrorism. He returned to the UK in December 2003 to spend two months completing his Initial Command and Staff Course prior to an enjoyable assignment as Executive Officer, HMS Mersey. A period of warfare training followed when Anderson specialized in Underwater Warfare. This then led to an assignment as Operations Officer of HMS Kent which included a demanding deployment to the Far East in support of UK counter terrorism policy and diplomacy. Anderson then undertook Advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare training for which he the won the Ogilvy medal as top student of 2008. This resulted in a 2 year assignment to the Royal Navy Maritime Warfare School (HMS Collingwood) as OIC of the Underwater Warfare Training Element. Assuming Command of the offshore patrol vessel HMS Mersey in February 2011, Anderson conducted maritime security duties and fishery protection around the UK before taking Command of the Falkland Island Patrol Vessel, HMS Clyde in July 2012. Thereafter Anderson spent most of 2013 working with the Army to help transform NATO’s HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps into an “Integrated Land Command”.

        Commander Anderson and his family live in Hampshire. His spare time outside the Royal Navy is mainly spent keeping fit and playing the piano, when not providing a taxi service to his 3 sons.




        Change of Command for HMS Richmond
        Change of Command for HMS Richmond
        15 April 2014

        In a ceremony in HMNB Portsmouth, Commander Mark Anderson Royal...

        Commendation for Gosport Royal Navy officer
        24 March 2014

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        HMS Richmond comes home
        21 February 2014

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        HRH Princess Michael of Kent visits HMS Richmond
        03 February 2014

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        Operation Atlantic Patrol South

        CURRENT STATUS: active

        The South Atlantic Patrol is the Navy's standing commitment to UK overseas territories, Commonwealth countries and other friendly nations in the South Atlantic in order to reassure and maintain a sovereign presence around the South Atlantic.


        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 Richmond HISTORY

        • First Richmond

          This the first ship to carry the name HMS Richmond was a 26-gun ship. Built at Portsmouth as HMS Wakefield, launched 1655, 90ft long, 24ft 6in wide, and of 232 tons. She was renamed HMS Richmond in 1660. She took part in the Dutch wars and was used as a fireship from 1668 to 1689. Sold 30-Aug-1698.

        • Second Richmond.

          This the second ship to carry the name HMS Richmond was an 8-gun Yacht. Bought 1672, and sold 1685.

        • Third Richmond.

          This the third ship to carry the name HMS Richmond was a French East Indiaman, captured January 1745. Originally named the Dauphin, she was renamed HMS Richmond. Richmond was sold on 28 November 1749

        • Fourth Richmond

          The fourth Richmond was a 32-gun ship built by Buxton of Deptford, launched on 12 November 1757, 127ft long, 34ft wide, and of 664 tons. She proved to be the most feisty, playing key roles in the wars with France in the late 1750s, including the capture of Quebec and took part in the conquest of Havana.

        • Battle Honour


        • Battle Honour


        • Capture

          The fourth Richmond also served in the American Wars of Independence during which she was captured by the French ship Aigrette in 1781. She was later burnt in 1783 to prevent capture by the Spanish. She won the Battle Honours: Quebec 1759, Havana 1762 and Chesapeake 1781.

        • Battle Honour


        • Fifth Richmond

          This the fifth ship to carry the name HMS Richmond was a 14-gun, gun-brig. Built by Greensward of Itchenor, launched February 1806, 84ft 6in long, 22ft 6in wide, and of 183 tons. It was Armed with 12 x 18 pounder carronades and 2 x 6 pounder guns. The fifth HMS Richmond was involved in the Napoleonic campaigns off Spain and Portugal. She was sold on 29 September 1814.

        • Sixth Richmond

          The sixth Richmond started life as the USS Fairfax DD93, built in Mare Island Naval Yard, laid down 10 July 1917, launched 15 December 1917, commissioned in the US Navy 6 April 1918. She was transferred and commissioned to the Royal Navy on 5 December 1940 and renamed HMS Richmond under the Lend-Lease agreement with Britain desperate for warships to shepherd her convoys.

        • Battle Honour

          Atlantic 1941-43

        • Battle Honour


        • Soviet Navy

          The Sixth Richmond was loaned to the Soviet Navy on 16 July 1944 and renamed Zhivuchi. That Soviet heritage earned the ship its distinctive badge with a star in the centre. She returned to the UK at Rosyth 24 June 1949, was sold on 12 July 1949. She won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1941-43 and Arctic 1942.

        • Seventh Richmond

          The seventh, and current, HMS Richmond (F239) is the 10th of 16 Type 23 Duke Class Frigates to join the Royal Navy. She was built at Swan Hunter Shipbuilders on the Tyne, laid down on 16 February 1992, launched 6 April 1993, and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 22 June 1995.

        • Al Faw, Iraq

          HMS Richmond along with HMS Chatham, HMS Marlborough and HMAS Anzac provided Naval Gunfire Support (NGS) on 20 March 2003 in order to support 40 Commando Royal Marines during their amphibious assault on the Al Faw peninsula in Iraq.

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