HMS Northumberland

HMS Northumberland is currently on deployment in the Middle East for seven months where she is policing crucial maritime trade routes.

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HMS Northumberland was among the first ships of her class to receive the most advanced sonar designed to hunt down submarines and played a vital role in testing the new equipment with HMS Torbay as her quarry at a special test range in the Bahamas.

Towards  the end of 2013 she made a short visit to Liverpool berthing at the Cruise Ship terminal and hosting the Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for Culture and Tourism Councillor Wendy Simon and numerous Sea Cadets Units from across the North West region. 

As befits her name, the ship was built in the North-East by the Swan Hunter yard and is affiliated to the County of Northumberland and reaffirmed her close ties to the area with a visit to the Port of Tyne in September 2013. 

HMS Northumberland was launched in April 1992 and entered service in late 1994. She is based in Devonport when not deployed.


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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.

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 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 Beginning1679

The lineage begins in 1679 with a 70-gun third rate which saw action at Barfleur 1692 and Vigo 1702. One of 13 warships from the Mediterranean Fleet to succumb to the Great Storm of 1703.

The Second Northumberland1705

The second ship to bear the name Northumberland was a carbon copy of her predecessor and served for four decades.

Captured And Renamed1744

The second HMS Northumberland was captured by the French after a battle in 1744. She was subsequently taken into the French navy and renamed Atlas.

The Third Northumberland1750

The third ship was launched on 1 December 1750. She paid the French back by seizing Louisberg 1758 and Quebec 1759. She was reclassified as a storeship and renamed Leviathan in 1777.

The Fourth Northumberland1794

The fourth Northumberland was a 74 gun frigate captured from the French in the famous Glorious First of June battle in 1794, but was quickly broken up the following year.

The Fifth Northumberland1798

The next HMS Northumberland was another thorn in France’s side, helping to maul French warships in the West Indies in the wake of Trafalgar.

Battle Honours1801

Egypt 1801

Battle Honours1806

San Domingo 1806


One of HMS Northumberlands final front-line duties was to carry Napoleon to St Helena in 1815 after defeat at Waterloo. She was broken up in 1850

19th Century and Beyond1866

The ‘armoured frigate’ Northumberland served during the height of Pax Britannica in the late 19th Century. She ended her days as a stoker’s training ship before being turned into a coal hulk.

Back to the Drawing Board1929

No.7,would have been an Inter-War cruiser – a sister to ships such as Norfolk and Devonshire. The global economic crisis caused the government to cancel the order for her in 1930.

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Commanding Officer Tristram Kirkwood

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Cdr Tristram Kirkwood joined the Royal Navy in 1993. He returned to HMS Northumberland in Command in April 2013.

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Battle honours range from Barfleur in 1692 to Groix Island in 1812

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