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HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast will be the third of the City-class Type 26 Frigates – fast, flexible ships fit for the future. She will enter service in the mid-2020s.

City-class Type 26 Frigates are fit for the Royal Navy of the future, empowered to adapt to changing missions, from disaster relief and humanitarian aid operations to embarking military forces.

HMS Belfast’s loading bay can quickly adapt to house and deploy vessels, vehicles and containers, while her flight deck will be able to accommodate helicopters up to the size of the RAF’s Chinooks.

This flexible design means her capabilities to be adapted to counter future threats, whilst these innovative frigates will always benefit from the latest advances in digital technology.

Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures

7,000+ nautical miles

An impressive range


Personnel on board

26+ knots


HMS Belfast's role

The new HMS Belfast is set to enter service in the mid-2020s. She has been designed to deliver manpower and capabilities to meet the challenges tomorrow may bring. 

With a truly global reach, Belfast’s missions will be varied: protecting the UK’s strategic interests, our nuclear submarines, and delivering high-end warfighting capability whenever and wherever she is needed.

You may be familiar with the original ship, which now belongs to Imperial War Museums and is permanently docked in London near Tower Bridge. Before the new HMS Belfast commissions, the original will be renamed ‘HMS Belfast 1938’, the year the ship was launched.


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