HMS Kent

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.

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In 2016 HMS Kent started the 2016 Trans-Atlantic Yacht Race, firing her saluting gun to send yachts racing across to New York from Plymouth.

She also played a major role in the Battle of Jutland centenary commemorations, firing a 21 gun salute watched by HRH The Princess Royal, the German President and several other senior British and German dignitaries. 

HMS Kent was also integral in training the next generation of engineers, through the Engineering Training Squadron which saw the Ship train nearly 100 Marine and Weapon engineers in 12 weeks prior to their first full assignment in the Royal Navy.  The trainees help to operate, maintain and repair equipment both at sea and alongside, giving them a solid foundation on which to base their future careers.

HMS Kent is currently in a long period of maintenance, which will involves her entering the dry dock in Devonport and receiving a number of capability upgrades and enhancements, which will prepare her for the next stage of her life and ensure she’s able to meet the future challenges that the Royal Navy will face.

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Current operation Maintenance and Sea-trials

Ships, units and aircraft need periods of maintenance and sea-trials to ensure that they are at their best for any tasks asked of them.

  • Alongside in Portsmouth

    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base. Training our team and maintaining our equipment to make sure we are fighting fit for the challenge.

  • Alongside

    Alongside in her home port of Clyde Naval Base. Training our team and maintaining our equipment to make sure we are fighting fit for the challenge.

Location Plymouth

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Unit History

Battle History1653

The first Kent was known as the Kentish Frigate and was a 4th Rate of 46 guns built in Deptford in 1653. She spent seven years in Cromwell's Navy and saw action on the Barbary Coast.

Battle History1653

1653 Portland (the Kentish Frigate)
1653 Gabbard (the Kentish Frigate)

Battle History1655

1655 Porto Farina
1665 Lowestoft
1666 Orfordness

The Second Kent 1679-17441679

The second Kent, a 3rd Rate of 70 guns, was launched at Blackwall. She won four Battle Honours fighting the French and Spanish in the Mediterranean. Her first action was Barfleur 1692.

Battle History1692

1692 Barfleur

The Second Kent1702

In 1702 she was at the Battle of Vigo, in which 17 French warships and 17 Spanish galleons were captured or destroyed. At the Battle of Malaga, she helped to defeat an attempt to capture Gibraltar.

Battle History1718

In 1718, she fought off a Spanish force threatening Sicily. In 1774, Kent was in the West Indies fleet in the bombardment of Santiago da Cuba. 

The Third Kent1746

The third HMS Kent was a 3rd Rate frigate with 74 guns, commissioned at Deptford in 1746. She saw action off Cape Finisterre and at Ushant, and in 1756, helped retake Calcutta. 

The Fourth Kent1762

The Fourth Kent, was another 3rd Rate of 74 guns. She suffered an explosion in 1774 that caused major damage and, although she was rebuilt, she never saw active service in her twenty-one years.

The Fifth Kent1797

The fifth Kent, built on the Thames, was the last 3rd Rate. She played her part in the defeat of Napoleon's forces in Egypt. Her figurehead was preserved at the main gate of the dockyard.

The Sixth Kent1799

The sixth Kent only existed for two years, while the fifth Kent was still in commission. She was an armed cutter of fourteen guns and spent her two years in the Downs Squadron.

The Seventh Kent1860

The Seventh Kent, 1860
The seventh Kent was laid down in 1860 but was cancelled before launch in 1862.

The Eighth Kent1880

The eighth Kent was originally known as HMS Impregnable and then became HMS Caledonia in 1891.

The Ninth Kent1901

Built in Portsmouth in 1901 as a First Class cruiser, she sailed to South Africa shortly before the Battle of Colonel. Her Battle ensign is laid up in Canterbury Cathedral.

The Tenth Kent1928

The Tenth Kent, 1928 - 1947
The tenth Kent was one of the first County Class cruisers she was launched on the 25th June 1928.


Kent was hit by a bomb in Devonport but recommissioned in time to join the Fleet in Scapa in October 1943. From then until 1944 she patrolled the Northern approaches.


In 1944, the ship took part in a number of operations off the Norwegian coast. On 14th November 1944 Kent led a successful attack on a convoy of 11 ships and escorts off Lister fjord. 

The Eleventh Kent1963

The eleventh Kent was commissioned in 1963,  a County Class destroyer. She was present at the Jubilee Review at Spithead in 1977.

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Commanding Officer Andy Brown

Rank: Commander

Commander Andy Brown joined the Royal Navy in 1999 as a Warfare Officer. He assumed command of HMS Kent in January 2018.

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