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

Operation Kipion

Middle East

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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 Skyes

Commander Matt Sykes joined the Royal Navy in 1998 as a University Cadet Entrant. His early career was spent as an OOW in the T42 Destroyer Nottingham – including 2 Carrier Strike Group deployments – and then as a Navigator in the Aircraft Carrier Ark Royal, the Falklands Island Patrol Vessel Dumbarton Castle and the T23 Frigate Monmouth– the latter including a 9½-month global deployment.

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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