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.

HMS Kent (F78) is currently on deployment

Carrier Strike Group


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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

7,800+ miles

Total range

185 personnel

On board

28+ knots

Top speed

Our operations

HMS Kent

Current operation

Carrier Strike Group


The Carrier Strike Group is our nation's spearhead. The role of the Carrier Strike Group is to act as a self-contained force that can work independently or as part of wider operations.

Our base

Our base

HMNB Portsmouth

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Commanding Officer

Commander J D Brettell

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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