HMS Kent (F78)

HMS Kent is one of the newest of the Type 23 frigates within the Royal Navy arsenal. Built by BAE Systems on the Clyde, she was launched on 27 May 1998 by Princess Alexandra of Kent.

HMS Kent (F78) is currently on deployment

Maintenance and Sea Trials

United Kingdom

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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

7,800+ miles

Total range

185 personnel

On board

28+ knots

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation

Baltic Protector

Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea

Baltic Protector marks the first deployment of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Maritime Task Group, with command of the group conducted by HMS Albion.

Our base

Our base

HMNB Portsmouth

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Commanding Officer

Commander Matt Sykes

Commander Matt Sykes is a Principal Warfare Officer and Navigator who has previously commanded the mine-hunters HMS Blyth and HMS Bangor, in the UK and Middle East, and the fast patrol-boat HMS Scimitar in Gibraltar.
He is a graduate of the Advanced Command and Staff Course and has served in both the UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood and Maritime Headquarters in Bahrain.

HMS Kent's role

HMS Kent is a Type 23 frigate and part of the fleet that is considered to be central to our frontline operations. That includes disrupting the work of criminals, including smugglers, pirates and drug traffickers.

As one of the Royal Navy’s newest frigates, she’s been specially designed for versatility, meaning she can undertake a wide variety of operations, from combat and humanitarian aid to acting as a training vessel for the next generation of Royal Navy engineers. She has also played a key role in high profile ceremonial events.

 

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An exercise that is conducted regularly. It involves all members of the Ship’s Company; because if one of us falls… https://t.co/a97fmnJLgO