HMS Portland (F79)

HMS Portland is a Type 23 ‘Duke’-class frigate. Based at HMNB Devonport in Plymouth, she was launched by Lady Heather Brigstocke on 15 May 1999.

Facts & figures


Facts & figures

4,900 tonnes

Total displacement

133 metres

Total length 

28+ knots

Top speed

Our operations


Current operation

Maintenance and Sea Trials

United Kingdom

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

Our base


Our base

HMNB Devonport

Plymouth PL2 2BG
Telephone: ‎+44 345 748 4950

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Commanding Officer

Commander Ed Moss-Ward

HMS Portland's role

HMS Portland is a Type 23 frigate – also known as the Duke-class, since all ships of the class are named after British dukes. Originally designed as anti-submarine vessels, Type 23 frigates have been used in a variety of other roles, from warfighting to maritime security operations.

The Type 23 frigate has now entered an extensive upgrade period to receive new radars, engines, and the cutting-edge Sea Ceptor missile system.

Unit history

Royal Navy careers

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