HMS Westminster (F237)

HMS Westminster is a Type 23 frigate. The ship recently returned to service after one of the longest, most comprehensive and complex revamps in her lifespan.

HMS Westminster (F237) is currently on deployment

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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

Fleet Ready Escort


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.

Our base

Our base

HMNB Portsmouth

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Commanding Officer

Commander Simon Kelly

Cdr Simon Kelly joined the Royal Navy in 1998 as a Warfare Officer. He assumed command of HMS Westminster in September 2016.


HMS Westminster's role

Known throughout the Royal Navy as ‘the capital ship’, HMS Westminster is a Type 23 (or ‘Dukeclass’) frigate. Despite having originally been designed for anti-submarine warfare, the Dukeclass’s versatility has seen them used in a number of fleet roles, from warfighting to peacekeeping missions. 
In 2014, HMS Westminster underwent an extensive refit which resulted in a new principal weapon: the Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missile system. With twice the range of the old missile system, Sea Ceptor makes HMS Westminster better equipped than ever to face the challenges of 21st-century warfare. 

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