HMS Lancaster

HMS Lancaster

HMS Lancaster was built on the Clyde as the fourth of the Type 23 frigates joining the Fleet in 1992. This versatile multi-role ship can typically be deployed drug-busting in the Caribbean or East of Suez on maritime security patrols.

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All the ships in the Type 23 class are named after Dukes, in this case, the Duke of Lancaster – who is also better known as Her Majesty the Queen.  The British Monarch is the ship's very special sponsor and Her Majesty takes a keen interest in Lancaster's activities around the globe. 

The ship – which left the UK in March 2015 – was the first Royal Navy vessel to deploy with the new Wildcat maritime attack helicopter. She was also the first ship to sail on operations with ship’s company wearing the Navy’s new working uniform.

During nine months away HMS Lancaster has delivered an intensive programme of defence engagement and maritime security from the Caribbean to West Africa.

Highlights include participation in US Navy Fleet Week in New Orleans, 12 exercises with foreign navies, seven weeks of defence engagement in South Africa and training foreign navies in West Africa.

On December 17th 2015, HMS Lancaster returned home to Portsmouth.

HMS Lancaster returns from operations in North and South Atlantic

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Wildcat returns to the pride of the Fleet Air Arm

Wildcat returns to the pride of the Fleet Air Arm

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Final visit for HMS Lancaster

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Currently alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Location Portsmouth

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Unit History

The First Lancaster1694

Lancaster was first built in the 17th Century, serving for almost 80 years and notably taking part in the siege of Louisburg in Canada. She was rebuilt several times and finally broken up in 1773.

The Second Lancaster1797

The second Lancaster was originally a merchant ship, but requisitioned by the Navy during the French Revolutionary War. She took part in the decisive victory at Camperdown in 1797. 

The Third Lancaster1823

The third Lancaster never saw combat despite a 40-year career during the era of Pax Britannica.

The Fourth Lancaster1902

Into the age of steam with the fourth Lancaster, a Monmouth-class armoured cruiser built at the turn of the 20th Century which served throughout World War 1.

The Fifth Lancaster1940

Formerly USS Philip, the fifth Lancaster was used as a minelayer escort in the UK-Iceland-Faeroes gap, interspersed with Atlantic and North Russian convoy duties.

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Senior Naval officer James Thomson

Rank: Lieutenent Commander

Lieutenent Commander James Thomson joined the Royal Navy in 1997, he is now in command of HMS Lancaster.

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Nec aspera terrent – Difficulties be Damned

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

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