Type 23 Duke class

1989    

Frigate
ships

Type 23 Duke class Frigate


History:

By 2013, these members of the Type 23 Fleet had been converted for Merlin operations:

Kent, Lancaster, Monmouth, Northumberland, Richmond, Somerset, St Albans, Sutherland, Westminster.

Although now that the Merlin HM.2 conversion programme is underway, the UK has so few front line Merlin airframes, that Lynx (example) are being recycled to make up the numbers.

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180crew
3600light (tn)
4200full load (tn)
133length (m)
16.10beam (m)
5.50draught (m)
7800range (nm)
28max speed (knots)
4Naval Engine diesel - Paxman Valenta 12CM
2Naval Engine electric motors
2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Spey
2Naval Engine propulsion system: CODLAG
2Missile Launcher Mk 141 quad Harpoon
1Missile Launcher Sea Wolf
2Naval Gun single 30 mm
1Naval Gun Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch
4Chaff and decoys Seagnat
1Chaff and decoys towed decoy Type 182
1Chaff and decoys towed decoy Type 2070 Talisman
2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 911
1Naval Radar navigation radar Type 1007
1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 996
1Sonar towed array sonar Type 2031
1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 2050

Aircraft Login to Edit    

    Typical Max
Royal Navy AW eh.101 11
Royal Navy westland Lynx 11
Royal Navy AW AW159 10

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Shipyards Login to Edit    

   
Swan Hunter - Wallsend4
Yarrow - Scotstoun12


Ships on Database Login to Edit    

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Royal NavyF230HMS NorfolkGAAN - NF19902005
chilean navy FF-05 Almirante Cochrane 2006--
Royal NavyF231HMS ArgyllGACG - AY1991--
Royal NavyF233HMS MarlboroughGAGJ - MA19912005
chilean navy FF-06 Almirante Condell 2008--
Royal NavyF229HMS LancasterGACH - LA1992--
Royal NavyF234HMS Iron DukeGCOB - IR1993--
Royal NavyF235HMS MonmouthGCOC - MM1993--
Royal NavyF236HMS MontroseGCOD - MR1994--
Royal NavyF237HMS WestminsterGCOK - WM1994--
Royal NavyF238HMS NorthumberlandGCOH - NL1994--
Royal NavyF239HMS RichmondGCOJ - RM1995--
Royal NavyF82HMS SomersetGOIP - SM1996--
Royal NavyF80HMS GraftonGCOY - GT19972006
chilean navy FF-07 Almirante Lynch 2007--
Royal NavyF81HMS SutherlandGCOZ - SU1997--
Royal NavyF78HMS KentGDIR - KT2000--
Royal NavyF79HMS PortlandGDIS - PD2001--
Royal NavyF83HMS St AlbansGDIT - SB2002--

16 units


Events of this class Login to Edit    

0 F81 HMS Sutherland    
1984-octOrdered F230 HMS Norfolk    
1985-dec-14Laid down F230 HMS Norfolk    
1987-mar-20Laid down F231 HMS Argyll    
1987-jul-10Launched F230 HMS Norfolk    
1987-oct-22Laid down F233 HMS Marlborough    
1987-dec-18Laid down F229 HMS Lancaster    
1988-dec-12Laid down F234 HMS Iron Duke    
1989-jan-21Launched F233 HMS Marlborough    
1989-apr-8Launched F231 HMS Argyll    
1989-jun-1Laid down F235 HMS Monmouth    
1989-nov-1Laid down F236 HMS Montrose    
1989-decOrdered F237 HMS Westminster    
1989-decOrdered F238 HMS Northumberland    
1989-decOrdered F239 HMS Richmond    
1990-may-24Launched F229 HMS Lancaster     aka The Red Rose
1990-jun-1Commissioned F230 HMS Norfolk    
1991-jan-18Laid down F237 HMS Westminster    
1991-mar-2Launched F234 HMS Iron Duke    
1991-apr-4Laid down F238 HMS Northumberland    
1991-may-31Commissioned F231 HMS Argyll    
1991-jun-14Commissioned F233 HMS Marlborough    
1991-nov-23Launched F235 HMS Monmouth     also known as The Black Duke.
1992-janOrdered F82 HMS Somerset    
1992-janOrdered F80 HMS Grafton    
1992-janOrdered F81 HMS Sutherland    
1992-feb-4Launched F237 HMS Westminster    
1992-feb-6Laid down F239 HMS Richmond    
1992-apr-4Launched F238 HMS Northumberland    
1992-may-1Commissioned F229 HMS Lancaster    
1992-jul-31Launched F236 HMS Montrose    
1992-oct-12Laid down F82 HMS Somerset    
1993-apr-6Launched F239 HMS Richmond    
1993-may-13Laid down F80 HMS Grafton    
1993-may-20Commissioned F234 HMS Iron Duke    
1993-sep-24Commissioned F235 HMS Monmouth    
1993-oct-14Laid down F81 HMS Sutherland    
1994-febDeployment F230 HMS Norfolk     relieved HMS Newcastle for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) around the Falklands
1994-may-13Commissioned F237 HMS Westminster    
1994-jun-2Commissioned F236 HMS Montrose    
1994-jun-26Launched F82 HMS Somerset    
1994-nov-5Launched F80 HMS Grafton    
1994-nov-29Commissioned F238 HMS Northumberland    
1995-feb-11Deployment F235 HMS Monmouth     departed HMNB Devonport for a planned, 10 month, round the world deployment. Damaged by a severe mid Atlantic storm and repaired at Newport News, Va.
1995-jun-9Deployment F235 HMS Monmouth     Planned visit to Wellington, NZ for 4 days. First visit by a British warship since NZ Government declared New Zealand a nuclear-free zone. To be in company with RFA Brambleleaf but Monmouth was damaged in Feb 1995 during her atlantic crossing and needed repairs in Newport News, Va. This NZ visit may well have been cancelled.
1995-jun-22Commissioned F239 HMS Richmond    
1995-decAircraft F231 HMS Argyll     assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ230/365-AY until c Nov 1996.
1996-febOrdered F78 HMS Kent    
1996-febOrdered F79 HMS Portland    
1996-febOrdered F83 HMS St Albans    
1996-mar-9Launched F81 HMS Sutherland     aka The Fighting Clan.
1996-sep-20Commissioned F82 HMS Somerset    
1997-feb-25Aircraft F235 HMS Monmouth     Lynx XZ728/415-MM rolled over the side of the ship when a lashing broke, while exercising near the Eddystone Light, c 15nm S of Plymouth. Airframe subsequently salvaged.
1997-apr-16Laid down F78 HMS Kent    
1997-may-29Commissioned F80 HMS Grafton    
1997-julPort Visit F235 HMS Monmouth     to Queens Wharf, Wellington NZ for visit
1997-jul-4Commissioned F81 HMS Sutherland    
1998-jan-14Laid down F79 HMS Portland    
1998-marAircraft F80 HMS Grafton     assigned 815 Sq Lynx HAS.3 ZD256/347-GT
1998-apr-4Port Visit F231 HMS Argyll     Apr98 STANAVFORMED embarked 815 NAS 208 Flt Lynx XZ722/365-AY
1998-may-27Launched F78 HMS Kent    
1998-augPort Visit F234 HMS Iron Duke     Portsmouth on board Lynx ZF560
1998-augPort Visit F233 HMS Marlborough     Portsmouth on board Lynx XZ731
1998-sep-23Deployment F80 HMS Grafton     Lynx ZD256 accident
1998-decAircraft F239 HMS Richmond     assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257 until c Oct 2001
1999Refit F229 HMS Lancaster     Major, 12 month refit
1999Deployment F82 HMS Somerset     Atlantic Patrol Task (South), deployed around Falkland Islands between Dec 1999 and Feb 2000, relieved by HMS Southampton.
1999-apr-18Laid down F83 HMS St Albans    
1999-may-15Launched F79 HMS Portland    
2000Deployment F231 HMS Argyll     Atlantic Patrol Task (South), deployed around Falkland Islands between Jul 2000 and Oct 2000, relieved by HMS Iron Duke.
2000Deployment F234 HMS Iron Duke     Atlantic Patrol Task (South), deployed around Falkland Islands between Oct 2000 and Feb 2001, relieving HMS Argyll and herself relieved on station by HMS Glasgow. Returned to UK 23 Feb 2001.
2000-mayDeployment F231 HMS Argyll     Operation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser.
2000-may-6Launched F83 HMS St Albans    
2000-jun-8Commissioned F78 HMS Kent    
2001Refit F230 HMS Norfolk     Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch First ship to be fitted with Mod 1, Mk 8 4.5 gun
2001Deployment F236 HMS Montrose     Atlantic Patrol Task (South), deployed around Falkland Islands between Nov 2001 and Mar 2002, relieving HMS Edinburgh and herself relieved by HMS Newcastle.
2001-febPort Visit F229 HMS Lancaster     to Kuwait City for 10th anniversary Liberation ceremonies (from 1991 Iraq invasion)
2001-aprAircraft F79 HMS Portland     815 Sqn, 229 Flt Lynx ZD265 assigned as /426-PD Portland Flt, until Dec 2004
2001-may-3Commissioned F79 HMS Portland    
2001-may-17Port Visit F235 HMS Monmouth     commenced 5 day visit to Monmouth. The Black Duke was berthed in Newport, Gwent until 22 May 2001.
2001-novDeployment F78 HMS Kent     maiden deployment to Persian Gulf for 5 month maritime security operation, returning Mar 2002.
2002Deployment F237 HMS Westminster     departed UK for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. Operated around Falkland Islands between Sep 2002 and Apr 2003, relieving HMS Newcastle and herself relieved by HMS Lancaster.
2002-feb-6Aircraft F81 HMS Sutherland     815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 XZ694, air freight to join ship near Veracruz, until Apr 2002
2002-feb-12Deployment F81 HMS Sutherland     departed HMNB Devonport for Atlantic Patrol Ship (North) deployment
2002-marPort Visit F81 HMS Sutherland     week long visit to Veracruz, for the Port 100th anniversary celebration.
2002-mar-27Port Visit F81 HMS Sutherland     anchored offshore for 1 day visit to Montserrat
2002-junAircraft F231 HMS Argyll     assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ722/365-AY by 1 Jun 2002, until c Nov 2002
2002-jun-6Commissioned F83 HMS St Albans    
2002-augAircraft F239 HMS Richmond     assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ725 until c Feb 2003
2002-oct-27 F83 HMS St Albans     struck by P&O ferry Pride of Portsmouth while St Albans moored at Fountain Lake Jetty, in Portsmouth Harbour.
2002-nov-20Port Visit F239 HMS Richmond     Visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast), until 26 Nov 2002.
2003Deployment F229 HMS Lancaster     departed HMNB Portsmouth for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. Operated around Falkland Islands between May 2003 and Nov 2003, relieving HMS Westminster and herself relieved by HMS Glasgow.
2003-janDeployment F234 HMS Iron Duke     West Indies Guard ship.
2003-janAircraft F239 HMS Richmond     assigned 816 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ722 until c Dec 2004
2003-jan-17Deployment F233 HMS Marlborough     Operation Telic to support combat operations in Iraq. First time the Mk 8 Mod 0 gun had been used in combat operations for Naval Gunfire Support. Departed from the Persian Gulf on 19 Apr for Cairns and homeward via South China Sea. Returned to the UK 8 Aug 2003
2003-feb-10Deployment F239 HMS Richmond     Operation Telic Left HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf on the Armilla Patrol, returning 1 Aug 2003, having also provided Naval Gunfire Support during the second Gulf War Iraqi Freedom.
2003-jun-5Deployment F78 HMS Kent     Operation Telic via West Africa, to support stabilisation and reconstruction operations in Iraq, returning 20 Dec 2003.
2003-jun-9Deployment F81 HMS Sutherland     Operation Telic to support post-combat and reconstruction operations in Iraq, completing 3 Dec 2003.
2004Refit F237 HMS Westminster     towed array sonar Type 2087 refit at HMD Rosyth to prepare for Merlin operations and undertake the first installation of the Type 2087 Sonar, rejoining the fleet on 27 Jan 2005.
2004-junAircraft F237 HMS Westminster     assigned 824 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH850 as /462-WM, until Oct 2004.
2004-julDeployment F239 HMS Richmond     Deployed for 5 months on Atlantic Patrol Task (North), which included support for Caribbean islands during their hurricane season, returning in Dec 2004.
2004-augRefit F238 HMS Northumberland     until Aug 2005, at Babcock in Rosyth.
2004-sepDeployment F234 HMS Iron Duke     4 month deployment as Atlantic Patrol Ship (South). Operated around Falkland Islands between Sep 2004 and Dec 2004, relieving HMS Cardiff and herself relieved by HMS Gloucester. Returned to HMNB Devonport in Dec 2004.
2004-octAircraft F237 HMS Westminster     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH850 as /462-WM, until Apr 2006.
2004-dec-8Aircraft F236 HMS Montrose     Lynx XZ724 accident, during SAR for reported man overboard
2004-dec-8Aircraft F79 HMS Portland     Lynx XZ724 accident, during SAR by 815 NAS 229 Flt for reported man overboard from HMS Montrose, off the Lizard. This tragedy led to the inauguration of the Osprey Trophy in 2007 for excellence amongst front line Lynx units.
2005-febDeployment F79 HMS Portland     departed HMNB Devonport for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment, for Task Group 326.02. Operated around Falkland Islands between Mar and Sep 2005, relieving HMS Gloucester and herself relieved by HMS Southampton.
2005-febDeployment F231 HMS Argyll     Operation Telic departed UK for 6 month maritime security deployment to Persian Gulf. Relieved HMS Marlborough in Mar 2005 as Operation Telic guardship with Task Group 330.01. Returned Aug 2005.
2005-marAircraft F239 HMS Richmond     assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ729 until c May 2005.
2005-marDeployment F233 HMS Marlborough     Operation Telic relieved in Persian Gulf as Operation Telic guardship in Task Group 330.01 by HMS Argyll.
2005-apr-15Decommissioned F230 HMS Norfolk     following Jul 2004 announcement by UK MoD to reduce Type 23 fleet to 13 vessels.
2005-may-1Aircraft F234 HMS Iron Duke     Lynx XZ690 asgn
2005-junDeployment F82 HMS Somerset     Departed HMNB Devonport for a 2 month Mediterranean deployment, returning on 3 Aug 2005.
2005-julRefit F239 HMS Richmond     Began major refit at Fleet Support Ltd, Portsmouth, which included enhancements for Merlin operations. Accepted back into service 6 Sep 2006.
2005-jul-7Port Visit F80 HMS Grafton     to Ipswich. Entry to port escorted by 4 Lynx and 2 Gazelle from AAC Wattisham.
2005-jul-8Decommissioned F233 HMS Marlborough     following Jul 2004 announcement by UK MoD to reduce Type 23 fleet to 13 vessels.
2006Fate: transfered F230 HMS Norfolk     to Chile as Almirante Cochrane
2006Trials F81 HMS Sutherland     conducted trials of ScanEagle reconnaissance UAV
2006-feb-13Deployment F229 HMS Lancaster     Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 5 month security deployment to the Red Sea, Gulf and Indian Ocean, initially operating with French Navy units led by FNS Charles de Gaulle and including FNS Cassard, FNS Montcalm and HMNLS De Zeven Provincien, supported by FNS Somme. Returned mid Jul 2006.
2006-feb-13Deployment F83 HMS St Albans     Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month maritime security and anti-piracy deployment in the northern Gulf and Indian Ocean; returned to Portsmouth, via Beirut, on 18 Aug.
2006-marDecommissioned F80 HMS Grafton     following Jul 2004 announcement by UK MoD to reduce Type 23 fleet to 13 vessels.
2006-mar-15Port Visit F82 HMS Somerset     visit to the Pool of London, tied up alongside HMS Belfast, near Tower Bridge
2006-aprAircraft F237 HMS Westminster     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH857 as /415-WM, until Sep 2008.
2006-mayAircraft F239 HMS Richmond     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH828 as /474, until Nov 2008.
2006-jun-12Deployment F78 HMS Kent     departed HMNB Portsmouth for a six month maritime security deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. She was relieved by HMS Sutherland in Oman on 5 Nov.
2006-jul-20Deployment F83 HMS St Albans     Operation Highbrow assisted in evacuating UK nationals from Beirut during the Israel - Lebanon conflict
2006-oct-11Deployment F231 HMS Argyll     Operation Vela (Green Eagle) conduct of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2006-novPort Visit F237 HMS Westminster     visited Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during return from a 6 month Far East deployment.
2006-nov-5Deployment F81 HMS Sutherland     relieved HMS Kent at Salalah, Oman on Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean mission
2006-nov-18Port Visit F235 HMS Monmouth     to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for visit and Ship Open to Visitors.
2006-nov-22Commissioned FF-05 Almirante Cochrane    
2007Fate: transfered F233 HMS Marlborough     to Chile as Almirante Condell
2007-janDeployment F236 HMS Montrose     until Jul 2007, task group assignment to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, around the Mediterranean Sea.
2007-jan-5Port Visit F83 HMS St Albans     Ship Open to Visitors at the London Boat Show, until 15 Jan.
2007-febRefit F234 HMS Iron Duke     at Fleet Support Ltd in HMD Portsmouth for 10 month refit including conversion to Merlin operation and a new Chemical, Biological and Nuclear defence package, until Dec 2007
2007-febDeployment F235 HMS Monmouth     departed HMNB Devonport on a 9 month, round the world mission, returning 3 Dec 2007.
2007-marFate: transfered F80 HMS Grafton     transferred to Chilean Navy, following an agreement in Sep 2005.
2007-mar-28Commissioned FF-07 Almirante Lynch    
2007-mar-28 FF-07 Almirante Lynch     Handed over to Chilean Navy at HMNB Portsmouth as part of Project Puente to renew its surface fleet
2007-aprDeployment F81 HMS Sutherland     assumed role of Flagship of CTF 158 in the northern Persian Gulf
2007-mayRefit F83 HMS St Albans     towed array sonar Type 2087 until May 2008, at Babcock in Rosyth, which included conversion to operate the Merlin, the Seawolf mid life upgrade and a new Type 2087 towed array sonar.
2007-may-10Deployment F239 HMS Richmond     Left HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf (relieving HMS Cornwall on 17 Jul) as part of Combined Task Force 158, returning Dec 2007.
2007-octDeployment F231 HMS Argyll     departed UK for 6 month deployment in Persian Gulf as part of CTF-150, returning Apr 2008
2007-novAircraft F78 HMS Kent     assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257 as Kent (217) Flt, until c Dec 2008
2007-decRefit F81 HMS Sutherland     towed array sonar Type 2087 at Babcock Marine in Rosyth, until 14 Nov 2008 for extensive refit including Seawolf mid life upgrade and new Type 2087 towed array sonar.
2007-dec-6Port Visit F231 HMS Argyll     short visit to Doha, while on patrol in the Northern Arabian Gulf.
2008-jan-21Deployment F82 HMS Somerset     departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month deployment in the Arabian Gulf, returning on 1 Aug 2008.
2008-mayDeployment F236 HMS Montrose     deployed to the Middle East and Arabian Gulf for a 7 month mission, returning on 3 Oct 2008, after being relieved by HMS Northumberland.
2008-may-2Port Visit F78 HMS Kent     Ship Open to Visitors at 1st Jersey Boat Show in St Helier Marina
2008-may-31Deployment F78 HMS Kent     departed HMNB Portsmouth for a six month maritime security deployment to Indian Ocean and Far East, returning 15 Dec 2008.
2008-junDeployment F234 HMS Iron Duke     to Caribbean for Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment, for counter-narcotics, maritime security and humanitarian relief (during the hurricane season)
2008-jul-19Port Visit F231 HMS Argyll     visited Liverpool for the 2008 Tall Ships event, with RFA Lyme Bay.
2008-aug-31Deployment F234 HMS Iron Duke     directed to assist in relief operations for Hurricane Gustav
2008-sepDeployment F234 HMS Iron Duke     Hurricane Ike relief operations Sent for 5 day relief mission as part of British contribution, in company with RFA Wave Ruler.
2008-sepAircraft F79 HMS Portland     815 Sq 206 Flt embarked with its Lynx.
2008-sepDeployment F229 HMS Lancaster     Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month Gulf and Middle East deployment, returned Feb 2009
2008-sep-15Deployment F238 HMS Northumberland     departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month Arabian Gulf (relieving HMS Montrose) and southern hemisphere maritime security mission, returning 24 Mar 2009.
2008-octAircraft F237 HMS Westminster     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH829 as /503, until Mar 2009.
2008-oct-4Deployment F231 HMS Argyll     Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
2008-novDeployment F79 HMS Portland     departed HMNB Devonport for 8 month maritime security mission in Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean, returning 3 Jul 2009.
2008-nov-20Port Visit F237 HMS Westminster     visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast), until 24 Nov. (See picture and note the Mk.8 Mod 0 gun at A turret, prior to 2009/2010 refit).
2008-dec-30Refit F236 HMS Montrose     Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch at Babcock until Sep 2009, for extensive refit programme, including Seawolf mid life upgrade.
2009-jan-19Deployment F83 HMS St Albans     departed HMNB Portsmouth for 4 month maritime security deployment to the Mediterranean, returned 7 May.
2009-feb-16Deployment F231 HMS Argyll     departed HMNB Devonport for 2 month Mediterranean deployment as the Advanced Force Commander for Exercise Taurus 09, returning 17 Apr 2009.
2009-marAircraft F237 HMS Westminster     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH837 as /503, until Jul 2009.
2009-apr-4Port Visit F231 HMS Argyll     tied up in Palma de Mallorca for a 5 day visit, during deployment on Operation Taurus 09.
2009-mayRefit F237 HMS Westminster     Entered HMD Devonport for refit until mid Mar 2010 with Babcock, to address Seawolf and its control system.
2009-mayDeployment F78 HMS Kent     Operation Telic departed HMNB Portsmouth for a six month deployment on Operation Telic, which also included maritime security work in Gulf of Aden, returning 30 Nov 2009
2009-julAircraft F82 HMS Somerset     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH824 as /501, until Sep 2009.
2009-julAircraft F83 HMS St Albans     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH837 as /503, until Oct 2009 when she was damaged aboard HMCS Montreal.
2009-sep-5Port Visit F82 HMS Somerset     North Yard in Devonport for Navy Days 2009 with Lynx ZD262
2009-sep-8Port Visit F82 HMS Somerset     DSEI exhibition with 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD262 embarked
2009-sep-28Deployment F235 HMS Monmouth     departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month Northern Arabian Gulf deployment, until mid Apr 2010 return.
2009-octAircraft F82 HMS Somerset     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH856 as /501, until c Apr 2010.
2009-octAircraft F83 HMS St Albans     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH848 as /503, until c Aug 2010.
2009-octAircraft F239 HMS Richmond     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH832 as /505, until c Aug 2010.
2009-oct-5Deployment F238 HMS Northumberland     Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 participated in Ex JW 09-2, with 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH858 embarked
2009-oct-5Deployment F79 HMS Portland     Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 participated in Ex JW 09-2, with 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3GMS XZ229/426-PD embarked
2009-oct-9Refit F231 HMS Argyll     to Babcock at Rosyth for an 11 month refit, including the Seawolf mid life upgrade returning to HMNB Devonport on 30 Sep 2010.
2009-oct-22Deployment F229 HMS Lancaster     Left HMNB Portsmouth with 815 NAS, 211 Flt Lynx embarked, for a 7 month Middle East deployment supporting CTF150 and CTF151, returning on 27 May 2010.
2009-oct-30Port Visit F234 HMS Iron Duke     to Fort Lauderdale, Fl for 5 day visit, towards end of Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment, departed 4 Nov.
2009-dec-14Deployment F234 HMS Iron Duke     returned to UK after Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment
2010-feb-1Deployment F83 HMS St Albans     Departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month Arabian Gulf and Middle East deployment, returning in Aug 2010.
2010-apr-13Deployment F79 HMS Portland     Sailed from HMD Devonport for a 7 month deployment to the South Atlantic. 815 Sq 206 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked. Relieved HMS York and in turn was relieved on station by HMS Gloucester.
2010-may-26Deployment F82 HMS Somerset     departed HMNB Devonport for a 7 month deployment around the Arabian Gulf and Horn of Africa with 815 Sq 229 Flt Lynx HMA.8 /375 embarked. Was relieved by HMS Cumberland for duty with CTF-152 and returned on 2 Dec 2010.
2010-may-27Deployment F235 HMS Monmouth     Escorted Operation Dynamo veteran vessels during 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuations
2010-jun-28Port Visit F81 HMS Sutherland     Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax for MARLANT Fleet Review
2010-julAircraft F237 HMS Westminster     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH858 as /502, until Aug 2010.
2010-jul-3Port Visit F239 HMS Richmond     3+4 July participated with Fleet Days Zeebrugge Belgium. On board Merlin ZH832.
2010-jul-6Port Visit F239 HMS Richmond     Visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast) carrying Merlin ZH832, to renew links with the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames until 12 Jul 2010.
2010-jul-17Deployment F78 HMS Kent     Participated in Exercise FRUKUS 10, rehearsing Disaster Relief operations with French Navy, US Navy and Russian Navy.
2010-augDeployment F236 HMS Montrose     for 5 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf on anti-piracy patrol, returned to HMNB Devonport on 23 Dec 2010.
2010-augAircraft F237 HMS Westminster     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH841 as /502, until at least Jul 2011.
2010-sep-16Port Visit F78 HMS Kent     four day visit to Dover, departing 19 Sep 2010
2010-octRefit F229 HMS Lancaster     to BAE Systems at HMD Portsmouth for her 4th refit, of 16 months. Work included more efficient progress through the water, upgrades to weapons and computer systems, new shafts and upgrade to accommodation. Could not afford the towed array sonar Type 2087 upgrade.
2010-octAircraft F239 HMS Richmond     assigned 829 NAS 05 Flight Merlin HM.1 ZH836 as /505
2010-novAircraft F81 HMS Sutherland     assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH863 as /501
2010-novAircraft F231 HMS Argyll     assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ691/365-AY until at least Jul 2011.
2010-nov-12Port Visit F235 HMS Monmouth     visit to Cardiff to take part in Remembrance weekend ceremonies
2011-janRefit F78 HMS Kent     towed array sonar Type 2087 to Babcock at Rosyth for an 11 month refit, to include new Type 2087 sonar and updated 4.5" Kryten gun fits, plus Seawolf upgrade.
2011-jan-5Deployment F239 HMS Richmond     Left HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Far East, via Suez.
2011-jan-10Deployment F234 HMS Iron Duke     departed HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf, relieving HMS Cumberland.
2011-marDeployment F237 HMS Westminster     departed from London and ordered off Libya to assist evacuation of UK nationals and support UN Security Council Resolution 1973. Relieved HMS York on station on 4 Mar.
2011-mar-26Deployment F235 HMS Monmouth     departed HMNB Devonport for a 7 month maritime security deployment to Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and was relieved by HMS Somerset, returning on 3 Oct 2011
2011-apr-8Deployment F81 HMS Sutherland     Operation Unified Protector deployed from HMNB Devonport to Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf operations
2011-may-18Deployment F239 HMS Richmond     IMDEX Asia 2011 Present for IMDEX Asia 2011 exhibition in Singapore
2011-jun-5Deployment F83 HMS St Albans     Departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 6 month anti-piracy and anti-narcotics deployment to the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean, relieving HMS Iron Duke, returning on 2 Dec 2011.
2011-jul-1Port Visit F79 HMS Portland     naval days 2011 (marinedagen) Den Helder, Netherlands. embarked Lynx ZF558
2011-jul-28Homeport F239 HMS Richmond     Returned to HMNB Portsmouth after 7 month Indian Ocean counter-piracy deployment.
2011-jul-28Homeport F234 HMS Iron Duke     Returned to HMNB Portsmouth following 7 month Gulf and Mediterranean deployment
2011-aug-17Deployment F82 HMS Somerset     departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month maritime security deployment in Red Sea, Indian Ocean and the Gulf, relieving HMS Monmouth. Returned 24 Feb 2012 after being relieved on station by HMS Westminster.
2011-sep-28Deployment F231 HMS Argyll     departed HMNB Devonport for Arabian Gulf operations, to relieve HMS St Albans and returned to Devonport on 30 Mar 2012, after being relieved on station by HMS Daring.
2011-octDeployment F83 HMS St Albans     Combined Task Force 150 assigned with CTF 150 in Middle East waters
2011-oct-14Refit F239 HMS Richmond     to HMD Devonport for a planned 10 month refit at Babcock, primarily for the Seawolf mid life update and completed in Jun 2012.
2011-oct-18Port Visit F81 HMS Sutherland     visit to the Pool of London alongside HMS Belfast until 22 Oct.
2011-oct-24Deployment F236 HMS Montrose     departed HMNB Devonport to take station for 5 months as Atlantic Patrol Ship (South) by mid Nov 2011, relieving HMS Edinburgh and due to be relieved by HMS Dauntless. 815 NAS Lynx c/s Wildcat embarked. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 11 May 2012.
2011-oct-25Deployment F81 HMS Sutherland     Staff College Sea Days 2011 Demonstrated anti-submarine techniques in the Solent.
2011-oct-25Aircraft F81 HMS Sutherland     noted with 829NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH841/502 aboard, while departing HMNB Portsmouth.
2011-nov-4Port Visit F234 HMS Iron Duke     visit to Kingston-upon-Hull for long weekend, which included a Freedom of the City parade, departing 7 Nov.
2011-nov-7Deployment F234 HMS Iron Duke     as Fleet Ready Escort, maintaining security of UK waters.
2011-nov-21Deployment F82 HMS Somerset     Off the Horn of Africa, performing a RAS with RFA Fort Victoria.
2011-nov-23Port Visit F236 HMS Montrose     visit to Georgetown, Ascension Island, en route South Atlantic
2011-nov-25Port Visit F234 HMS Iron Duke     arrived in Elizabeth Harbour, Jersey for 4 day visit
2011-decTrials F234 HMS Iron Duke     Hosted first deck landing of Lynx Wildcat aboard a frigate, and conducted 3 days of basic small ship operations trials at Portsmouth.
2011-dec-1Homeport F78 HMS Kent     Returned to HMNB Portsmouth after 50 week refit in Rosyth.
2011-dec-10Port Visit F82 HMS Somerset     visited Tanzania to celebrate 50th anniversary of independence.
2012-janRefit F235 HMS Monmouth     into dry dock for maintenance period at HMD Devonport, departed 29 Feb 2012
2012-janRefit F79 HMS Portland     towed array sonar Type 2087 to Rosyth for 50 week refit at Babcock, including Type 2087 sonar installation and Sea Wolf mid-life upgrade, departed mid Dec 2012. Rejoined the Fleet on 7 Mar 2013 at HMNB Devonport.
2012-janTrials F234 HMS Iron Duke     10 day small ship operation trials with Wildcat HMA.2 of 700(W) NAS.
2012-jan-23Deployment F237 HMS Westminster     departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean deployment, relieving HMS Somerset and due to be relieved by HMS Sutherland. She returned to Portsmouth on 13 Aug 2012 while 829 NAS 02 Flt Merlin arrived back at RNAS Culdrose on 14 Aug.
2012-febTrials F234 HMS Iron Duke     further 10 day small ship operation trials with Wildcat HMA.2 of 700(W) NAS.
2012-feb-2Trials F229 HMS Lancaster     Commencement of sea trials following 16 month refit, prior to returning to the Fleet.
2012-marRefit F234 HMS Iron Duke     surface and low level air search radar Type 997 entered an 11 month refit in Portsmouth, to include installation of the Type 997 ARTISAN surveillance radar (first Type 23 to receive this new 3D radar).
2012-marRefit F82 HMS Somerset     9 month refit at Babcock, HMD Devonport, including Sea Wolf mid-life upgrade and new command systems.
2012-mar-17Port Visit F83 HMS St Albans     (top) visit to the Pool of London with Merlin ZH863, beside HMS Belfast, until 22 Mar
2012-mar-20Port Visit F236 HMS Montrose     denied permit to dock in Peruvian port of El Callao
2012-apr-17Port Visit F236 HMS Montrose     NOLA Navy Week visited New Orleans to commemorate War of 1812
2012-jul-5Deployment F81 HMS Sutherland     Departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month maritime security deployment in the Indian Ocean, to relieve HMS Westminster. Relieved by HMS Northumberland and returned to HMNB Devonport on 15 Dec 2012.
2012-jul-6Aircraft F229 HMS Lancaster     flying demonstration by Wildcat for South Korean Trade Delegation, off South Coast of UK. Only 2nd Type 23 to host a Wildcat (ZZ404, an Army AH.1 variant).
2012-sep-23Port Visit F78 HMS Kent     visit to Dover for 3 days, to commemorate the Channel Dash and the crews of 825 Squadron Swordfish torpedo bombers; departing 26 Sep with (ex-St Albans Flt) Merlin ZH848 embarked.
2012-oct-2Deployment F236 HMS Montrose     departed HMNB Devonport for 3 month Cougar 12 deployment in the Mediterranean
2012-oct-8Deployment F238 HMS Northumberland     departed HMNB Devonport for Cougar 12 deployment in the Mediterranean with 829 NAS 05 Flight Merlin, followed by maritime security operations in the Gulf, relieving HMS Sutherland. Relieved in turn by HMS Kent. Merlin disembarked to Culdrose and returned to HMNB Devonport on 10 May 2013.
2012-oct-12Port Visit F78 HMS Kent     to Belfast for 5 day visit, in company with HMS Severn. HMS Kent departed on 16 Oct.
2012-oct-17Deployment F235 HMS Monmouth     departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month maritime security and anti-piracy deployment to Persian Gulf with 815 NAS, 215 Flt embarked, relieving HMS Diamond. In turn, relieved on station in Gulf of Aden by HMS Dragon on 24 Apr. Returned to Plymouth on 17 May 2013.
2013-feb-15Port Visit F229 HMS Lancaster     3 day visit to Portland, alongside the deep water berth, until 17 Feb.
2013-feb-18Deployment F231 HMS Argyll     departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month South Atlantic and Eastern Pacific deployment, included 815 NAS 211 Flight Lynx embarked. Relieved by HMS Richmond and returned to HMNB Devonport on 12 Sep 2013.
2013-mar-2Port Visit F229 HMS Lancaster     visit to Canary Wharf for 5 days, depart 7 Mar
2013-mar-3Aircraft F229 HMS Lancaster     815NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257/300-LA embarked
2013-mar-10Port Visit F83 HMS St Albans     (bot) at Amsterdam, embarked Merlin ZH841
2013-mar-13Port Visit F237 HMS Westminster     visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast), until 19 Mar. 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ691/462-WM ranged on deck.
2013-mar-25Deployment F78 HMS Kent     departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month anti-piracy deployment in Gulf, Somali Basin and Indian Ocean, to relieve HMS Northumberland.To be relieved by HMS Westminster. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 9 Oct.
2013-apr-2Port Visit F78 HMS Kent     arrived in Tripoli, Libya for 3 day visit. First formal, inter-governmental visit of a British Warship in 40 years.
2013-apr-25Port Visit F238 HMS Northumberland     arrived at Pinto Wharf, Valletta, until 29 Apr.
2013-may-16Port Visit F231 HMS Argyll     arrived for two week mid-deployment maintenance, departed on 30 May.
2013-may-17Port Visit F79 HMS Portland     visit to Portland and Weymouth, departed 20 May.
2013-may-28Deployment F229 HMS Lancaster     departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month humanitarian and anti-narcotic deployment to the Caribbean and North Atlantic. 815 NAS 202 Flt Lynx HMA.8 /300-LA assigned. Supported in theatre by RFA Wave Knight. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth 18 Dec.
2013-jun-7Port Visit F82 HMS Somerset     visit to St Marys Isles of Scilly for Battle of the Atlantic 70th celebrations. Departed 9 Jun.
2013-jun-20Port Visit F229 HMS Lancaster     arrived in Grand Cayman for 4 day disaster preparedness visit
2013-jun-23Trials F234 HMS Iron Duke     departed HMNB Portsmouth for trials with Artisan 3D radar, after refit
2013-jun-26Port Visit F239 HMS Richmond     alongside in Docklands for 5 day visit to include Armed Forces Day weekend, departing 30 Jun.
2013-aug-2Deployment F79 HMS Portland     Assigned as Fleet Ready Escort in UK waters for 2 months.
2013-aug-2Port Visit F229 HMS Lancaster     weekend visit to Kingston, Jamaica, until 5 Aug.
2013-aug-5Deployment F239 HMS Richmond     departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month assignment as Atlantic Patrol Task (South) with 815 NAS 206 Flt Lynx HMA.8 /474-RM assigned. Relieved HMS Argyll on station and returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 21 Feb 2014
2013-aug-12Deployment F236 HMS Montrose     Cougar 13 departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month deployment which is to include participation in Ex Cougar 13. Lynx HMA.8 of 815 NAS 214 Flt embarked. Relieved HMS Dragon off the Horn of Africa on 19 Sep. Relieved on station by HMS Diamond on 26 Feb and returned to HMNB Devonport in Mar 2014.
2013-aug-13Deployment F237 HMS Westminster     Cougar 13 departed HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month deployment which included participation in Ex Cougar 13. 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 /415-WM embarked. Relieved HMS Kent in Indian Ocean during Oct 2013. Was relieved in turn by HMS Somerset on station on 11 Feb 2014 and returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 27 Feb, disembarking 815 NAS 234 Flight Lynx HMA.8 to Yeovilton.
2013-aug-29Port Visit F239 HMS Richmond     arrived St Helena for 2 day visit
2013-aug-30Port Visit F231 HMS Argyll     visit to Hamilton, Bermuda
2013-sep-6Port Visit F81 HMS Sutherland     visit to London for International Shipping Week, alongside at Excel Exhibition Centre until 15 Sep. Wildcat ZZ396 onboard
2013-sep-7Port Visit F238 HMS Northumberland     visit London for International Shipping Week, alongside at Canary Wharf until 12 Sep
2013-sep-9Port Visit F229 HMS Lancaster     Cartagena de Indias Colombia for navy fair
2013-sep-13Port Visit F238 HMS Northumberland     alongside Whitehill Point, Tyneside until 16 Sep.
2013-sep-23Port Visit F229 HMS Lancaster     4 day visit to Belize, including Independence Day celebrations, departed on 26 Sep. Lynx HMA.8 815 Sq/300 Spartan aboard.
2013-sep-27Port Visit F239 HMS Richmond     3 day visit to South Georgia, whilst moored off Hope Point, departed 30 Sep.
2013-oct-7Deployment F235 HMS Monmouth     Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-7Deployment F79 HMS Portland     Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-7Deployment F238 HMS Northumberland     Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-7Deployment F81 HMS Sutherland     Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-7Deployment F82 HMS Somerset     Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-11Port Visit F81 HMS Sutherland     visited Hamburg, including Ship open to visitors, departed 14 Oct
2013-oct-20Refit F231 HMS Argyll     surface and low level air search radar Type 997 in HMNB Devonport under maintenance, including installation of the Type 997 ARTISAN surveillance radar (second Type 23 to receive this new 3D radar).
2013-oct-24Deployment F236 HMS Montrose     transit through the Strait of Hormuz, escorting HMS Illustrious, as part of Cougar 13 deployment.
2013-oct-28Refit F81 HMS Sutherland     surface and low level air search radar Type 997 commenced planned 11 month refit at HMD Devonport, to include a new command system and the Type 997 Artisan radar
2013-novAircraft F235 HMS Monmouth     815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ725/415 is Black Knight (ships flt).
2013-novDeployment F236 HMS Montrose     retasked to provide Force Protection to UN fleet removing chemical weapons from Syria as part of Operation Recsyr, via the port of Latakia
2013-nov-1Port Visit F229 HMS Lancaster     4 day visit to Dominican Republic
2013-dec-6Port Visit F239 HMS Richmond     arrived Port Stanley for weekend visit which include commemoration of the 1914 Battle of the Falklands on 8 Dec.
2013-dec-16Deployment F235 HMS Monmouth     escorted INS Vikramaditya through English Channel on delivery voyage to India, in company with INS Deepak and INS Trikand.
2014-jan-10Deployment F82 HMS Somerset     Departed HMNB Devonport for 6 month maritime security deployment in the Gulf, Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean. Relieved on station by HMS Northumberland on 30 Jun and returned to HMNB Devonport on 4 Jul.
2014-jan-14Port Visit F231 HMS Argyll     arrived in Pool of London 14 Jan alongside HMS Belfast, for 5 day port visit. Depart 19 Jan.
2014-jan-20Port Visit F239 HMS Richmond     visit to Balboa, prior to entering Panama canal from Pacific side, for journey back to UK
2014-feb-6Refit F235 HMS Monmouth     surface and low level air search radar Type 997 at HMD Devonport with Babcock for fitting Artisan 3D radar and improving Seawolf system, amongst other work
2014-marTrials F229 HMS Lancaster     Merlin Mk2 initial trials with 829 NAS 01 Flight
2014-mar-12 F231 HMS Argyll     accidentally released a Stingray torpedo while tied up alongside in HMNB Devonport.
2014-mar-24Port Visit F79 HMS Portland     to Luanda, with Lynx HMA.8 /426 embarked
2014-mar-31Deployment F78 HMS Kent     Exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 JW 14-1
2014-may-14Port Visit F229 HMS Lancaster     visit to Hamburg for the 825th anniversary of the port and to join the Hafengeburtstag celebrations.
2014-may-19Deployment F238 HMS Northumberland     departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Horn of Africa maritime security deployment. Relieved HMS Somerset on station, on 30 Jun. Relieved by HMS Kent on station.
2014-may-29Port Visit F236 HMS Montrose     visited West India Dock, South Quay for 350th anniversary of Royal Marines weekend.
2014-junDeployment F239 HMS Richmond     participated in Exercise Deep Blue with embarked Wildcat HMA.2
2014-jun-5Deployment F239 HMS Richmond     departed HMNB Portsmouth in company with HMS Bulwark and smaller ships for Gold Beach and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day commemorations
2014-jun-6Deployment F236 HMS Montrose     BALTOPS 14 participated with BALTOPS 2014 embarked Lynx ZD261 of 815 NAS 214 Flt.
2014-jun-20Deployment F231 HMS Argyll     departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 /365-AY embarked.
2014-jun-22Deployment F82 HMS Somerset     MoD announces that HMS Somerset is first UK warship to operate ScanEagle reconnaissance UAV
2014-jun-23Deployment F234 HMS Iron Duke     departed Jersey for 6 month Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment.
2014-jul-4Port Visit F234 HMS Iron Duke     short visit to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Isles, departed 7 Jul to continue her Atlantic deployment.
2014-jul-4Port Visit F231 HMS Argyll     short visit to Bermuda to update plans for disaster relief, with local authorities. Departed 7 Jul.
2014-aug-24Port Visit F234 HMS Iron Duke     with Lynx ZD565 at Cape Town, South Africa
2014-sep-24Port Visit F237 HMS Westminster     visit to Docklands for Royal Navy Reserve open day on 27 Sep and Freedom of the City of Westminster parade on Sep 28. Departed 29 Sep.
2014-oct-8Port Visit F234 HMS Iron Duke     rendezvous with HMS Protector off Grytviken
2014-oct-11Port Visit F231 HMS Argyll     visit to Santo Domingo for Defence engagement weekend with the Ship Open for Visitors on 12 Oct. Departed 14 Oct.
2014-oct-17Refit F236 HMS Montrose     surface and low level air search radar Type 997 at HMD Devonport with Babcock for fitting Artisan 3D radar and improving Seawolf system, amongst other work
2014-oct-18Port Visit F231 HMS Argyll     returned to Bermuda to assist in the clearance operations following Hurricane Gonzalo.
2014-oct-21Deployment F78 HMS Kent     departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month maritime security mission to Gulf and Indian Ocean, relieving HMS Northumberland.




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