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HMS St Albans (F83)

Fast, adaptable, and exceptionally well-equipped, HMS St Albans is a versatile Type 23 Frigate – and the most recent addition to our frigate fleet.

HMS St Albans (F83) is currently on deployment



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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

38,000 miles

Travelled on Operation Kipion

16.1 metres

Across the beam


Total displacement

Our skills

Our skills

HMS St Albans is a fast, adaptable, versatile frigate. Her specialisms include:

  • Combined aviation technology – she has both a Merlin Mk2 helicopter and ScanEagle unmanned aircraft.
  • Fleet Ready Escort tasking
  • Anti-submarine operations

Our operations

Current operation

Fleet Ready Escort

United Kingdom

The Fleet Ready Escort is at short notice to react to any maritime threat to the UK including terrorism and smuggling of arms or narcotics and the like.

Previous deployment


Our base

Our base

HMNB Portsmouth

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Commanding Officer

Commander John Cromie

Commander John Cromie joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer in January 1999. He assumed Command of HMS St Albans in April 2018.


All about HMS St Albans

HMS St Albans is sailed by a crew of 185.

She is a versatile Type 23 Frigate – and the most recent addition to our frigate fleet.

With five Radar systems, six Sonar systems and eight Weapon systems, St Albans is one of the most versatile warships in the world

She sailed more than 38,000 miles on Operation Kipion working with carrier task groups.

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