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.

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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

4,900 tonnes

Total displacement

133 metres

Total length 

28+ knots

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation



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

Our base

Our base

HMNB Devonport

Plymouth PL2 2BG
Telephone: ‎+44 345 748 4950

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Commanding Officer

Commander Thom Hobbs

Thom Hobbs has served in the Royal Navy for over 20 years, and has extensive operational experience across the globe. His seagoing career has been spent mainly Type 23 Frigates, he was deployed to the Middle East on five occasions, conducting security patrols in support of the Iraqi Government, counter-narcotics patrols in the Indian Ocean, and suppressing piracy in the waters off Somalia and Yemen.

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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