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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Throughout the summer of 2014 HMS Richmond has conducted intensive training around UK waters across a wide range of disciplines.

These have included advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare, Disaster Relief and Boarding Training, ensuring HMS Richmond is ready for her next Deployment.

When HMS Richmond arrived back in the UK in early 2014, she had successfully 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.

Following a spring maintenance period she was once again ready to start a period of intensive training.

Her training activities have helped to ensure HMS Richmond is at high readiness for any tasking, whether that be Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operations, Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations or any other mission directed by the Fleet Commander.


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HMS Richmond leaves Portsmouth for  security operations in the Middle East

HMS Richmond leaves Portsmouth for security operations in the Middle East


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Current operation Maritime security

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.

  • 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.

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.  

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.

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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