HMS Argyll (F231)

HMS Argyll is the longest-serving Type 23 Frigate in the Royal Navy.
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HMS Argyll (F231) is currently on deployment

Operation Kipion

Middle East

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Commissioned to the Fleet in 1991 HMS Argyll has served nearly 30 years at sea. An extensive refit and capability upgrade saw her emerge in 2017 as one of the most technologically capable Frigates in the Royal Navy.

Argyll was deployed on Operations for much of 2018 and 2019 to the Far East and Arabian Gulf as the first Sea Ceptor Missile fitted Warship. On her return through the Bay of Biscay Argyll rescued 27 Mariners from the burning Ship MV Grande America leading to the award of a Queen’s Gallantry Medal and a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Operational Honours list for 2 members of the Ship’s Company. HMS Argyll was also named ‘Hero Overseas Unit’ at the Sun Military Awards (Millies) for 2020.

HMS Argyll’s Motto – ‘Ne Obliviscarus’ (Lest we forget)

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

4,900 tonnes

Total displacement

133 metres

Total length

16 metres

Width (beam) at widest point

Our operations

Current operation

Maritime Security


British ships and units, which include the Royal Marines, are committed to operations around the world.

Our base

Our base

HMNB Devonport

Plymouth PL2 2BG
Telephone: ‎+44 345 748 4950

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Commanding Officer

Commander Andrew Ainsley

Highlights include deploying globally to every ocean, loan service with the Royal Norwegian Navy, service in national headquarters both afloat and ashore, and deploying to Afghanistan on operations.


HMS Argyll's Role

Since returning from a 9 month Operational Deployment in May 19, HMS Argyll has operated in UK waters, conducted high level Defence Engagement activities, including support to the Bournemouth Air show, a visit to Antwerp to commemorate the liberation of the city in 1944 and attended DSEI 2019 where she demonstrated the ability to control Autonomous, unmanned Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) through the Ship’s Combat System – a world first.

Having conducted a maintenance period in Baseport and completed Operational Sea Training, HMS Argyll is now deployed to Operations in the Red Sea and Gulf.



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