HMS Richmond

HMS Richmond

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.

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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.

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 trains for disaster relief operations


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Current operation Exercise Deep Blue

Exercise Deep Blue is a high tempo, multi-aircraft exercise, putting the Merlin Mk2 through its paces operating from sea and conducting anti-submarine warfare.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Navy comes in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

Preventing conflict

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the UK is committed to global affairs and provides a stabilising influence. In this way we prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends.  

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Unit History

First Richmond1655

This the first ship to carry the name HMS Richmond was a 26-gun ship. Built at Portsmouth as HMS Wakefield, launched 1655, and renamed 1660. She took part in the Anglo-Dutch wars.

Second Richmond.1672

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

Third Richmond.1745

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

Fourth Richmond1757

The fourth Richmond was a 32-gun ship built in Deptford, launched in 1757. She played key roles in the wars with France including the capture of Quebec and the conquest of Havana.


The fourth Richmond also served in the American Wars of Independence during which she was captured by the French ship Aigrette in 1781. Battle Honours Chesapeake Bay 1781

Fifth Richmond1806

The fifth ship to carry the name HMS Richmond was a 14-gun, gun-brig. Built by Greensward of Itchenor, launched 1806. She was involved in the Napoleonic campaigns off Spain and Portugal.

World War 21940

The sixth Richmond started life as the USS Fairfax in 1917. She transferred to the Royal Navy in 1940 under the Lend-Lease agreement. Battle Honours Atlantic 1941, Arctic 1942.

Soviet Navy1944

The Sixth Richmond was also 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.

Seventh Richmond1995

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, launched 6 April 1993.

Al Faw, Iraq2003

HMS Richmond along with HMS Chatham, HMS Marlborough and HMAS Anzac provided Naval Gunfire Support (NGS) to support 40 Commando's amphibious assault on the Al Faw peninsula in Iraq.

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Commanding Officer Mark Anderson

Rank: Commander

Commander Mark Anderson joined the Royal Navy in 1996. He assumed command of HMS Richmond on 8 April 2014.

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Ship's Motto

A deo et rege - From God and the King


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