HMS Northumberland

HMS Northumberland (F238)

HMS Northumberland is a Type 23 Frigate named for the Duke of Northumberland. Originally designed for anti-submarine warfare, she has proven versatile enough for all manner of operations.

HMS Northumberland (F238) is currently on deployment

Baltic Sea

Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea

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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

4,900 tonnes

Total displacement

133 metres

Total length 

28+ knots

Top speed

Our operations

HMS Northumberland

Current operation



Operation Westlant is designed to put the Carrier Strike Group through its paces on the USA Eastern Seaboard.

Our base

HMS Northumberland

Our base

HMNB Devonport

Plymouth PL2 2BG
Telephone: ‎+44 345 748 4950

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Commanding Officer

Commander Will Edwards-Bannon

Will Edwards-Bannon joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer in 2005 and he has enjoyed a diverse career to-date, serving at sea on national and international operations – both above and below the waves – as well as at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Whitehall and in Navy Command Headquarters (NCHQ). First selected for Sea Command in 2018, Will was selected for a second time in 2020 and assumed Command of HMS NORTHUMBERLAND in late 2021.

HMS Northumberland’s role

As a Type 23 frigate (also known as the Duke class), HMS Northumberland was originally designed to carry out anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic. Today, this versatile ship carries out a wide variety of maritime security operations, including counter-piracy, escort duties and boarding operations.
As the name suggests, HMS Northumberland maintains close ties with the North East of England. She was built by the Swan Hunter shipyard in Tyne and Wear and is affiliated with the county of Northumberland.


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