HMS Lancaster

HMS Lancaster (F229)

HMS Lancaster was built on the Clyde, joining the Fleet in 1992.

All the ships in the Type 23 class are named after Dukes, in this case, the Duke of Lancaster – who is also better known as His Majesty the King.

The British Monarch is the ship's very special sponsor and His Majesty takes a keen interest in Lancaster's activities around the globe. 

HMS Lancaster recently had a major refit and some of her new equipment includes a new Artisan 3D radar and vastly-improved air-defence capabilities provided by Sea Ceptor, replacing Sea Wolf missiles which only possess about half the Sea Ceptor’s range.

The hull was cleaned and coated with anti-fouling paint to prevent marine life attaching itself, the main 4.5in gun serviced, engines and machinery overhauled, new systems installed, and the bridge, messes and other communal areas revamped.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

7,800+ miles

Total range

185 personnel

On board

28+ knots

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation

Maintenance and Sea Trials


Just like a regular service for your car, all ships go through maintenance to ensure best performance.

Our base

Our base


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Commanding Officer

Commander Tom Johnson

Commanding Officer - Port Crew

Commander Paul Irving

HMS Lancaster's role

Type 23 frigate, HMS Lancaster is a multi-role warship, which is equally adept at tackling drug-busting operations in the Caribbean as it is carrying out maritime security patrols East of Suez. The Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates are the core of our frontline fleet simply because of their utility and all-round operational effectiveness.

HMS Lancaster is capable of deploying with a Wildcat maritime attack helicopter, which makes her ideal for our most challenging defence engagement and security operations.


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