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



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Argyll was built in the late 1980s, but enjoyed an extensive £20 million refit in 2010, emerging as one of the most up-to-date and capable frigates in the Fleet, with her structure preserved and her weapons and sensors significantly enhanced.

She will be the first warship to deploy with Sea Ceptor, a supersonic missile defence system developed. It has a range of more than 25km at speeds of up to 2,000mph and can protect an area of 1,300km².

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

HMS Argyll left Devonport in June 2018 as part of a national push to strengthen military and diplomatic ties in Southeast Asia. The mission follows Theresa May’s visit to Tokyo in 2017, when the Prime Minister and her Japanese counterpart discussed defence, security co-operation and open access to the oceans. 

Before reaching the Far East, Argyll will patrol in the Red Sea and the Gulf, protecting shipping from piracy and terrorist activity, promoting stability and security in the Middle East.

A highlight of the deployment will be Exercise Bersama Lima, a joint exercise between the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. HMS Argyll will also enjoy exercises with the Japanese Defence Force.


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