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UK Type 23 Duke class



Frigate

ships



Frigate Type 23 Duke class



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.



  Type 23 Duke class news


Camcopter Drone for Royal Navy Ships

Camcopter Drone for Royal Navy Ships

10-Feb-23 - Schiebel and Thales awarded Uncrewed Air Systems (UAS) contract “Peregrine” to provide the S-100 Camcopter drone to the Royal Navy #drones


  Specifications


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

helicopter   Aircraft


Typical Max
UK Royal Navy AW EH101 11
UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 11
UK Royal Navy AW AW159 Wildcat HMA2 10








  Shipyards


UK Swan Hunter (Wallsend) - Wallsend4
UK Yarrow - Scotstoun12



  List of Ships


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19902005UKRoyal NavyF230HMS NorfolkGAAN - NF
2006-- CL Chilean Navy FF-05 Almirante Cochrane
1991--UKRoyal NavyF231HMS Argyll GACG - AY
19912005UKRoyal NavyF233HMS MarlboroughGAGJ - MA
2008-- CL Chilean Navy FF-06 Almirante Condell
1992--UKRoyal NavyF229HMS Lancaster GACH - LA
1993--UKRoyal NavyF234HMS Iron Duke GCOB - IR
1993--UKRoyal NavyF235HMS MonmouthGCOC - MM
1994--UKRoyal NavyF236HMS Montrose GCOD - MR
1994--UKRoyal NavyF237HMS Westminster GCOK - WM
1994--UKRoyal NavyF238HMS Northumberland GCOH - NL
1995--UKRoyal NavyF239HMS Richmond GCOJ - RM
1996--UKRoyal NavyF82HMS Somerset GOIP - SM
19972006UKRoyal NavyF80HMS GraftonGCOY - GT
2007-- CL Chilean Navy FF-07 Almirante Lynch
1997--UKRoyal NavyF81HMS Sutherland GCOZ - SU
2000--UKRoyal NavyF78HMS Kent GDIR - KT
2001--UKRoyal NavyF79HMS PortlandGDIS - PD
2002--UKRoyal NavyF83HMS St Albans GDIT - SB

16 units



  Events


1984-octOrderedOrdered UK F230 HMS Norfolk
1985-dec-14Laid downLaid down UK F230 HMS Norfolk Yard No 1033
1987-mar-20Laid downLaid down UK F231 HMS Argyll Yard No 1035
1987-jul-10LaunchedLaunched UK F230 HMS Norfolk
1987-oct-22Laid downLaid down UK F233 HMS Marlborough at Wallsend, Yard No 127.
1987-dec-18Laid downLaid down UK F229 HMS Lancaster Yard No 1036
1988-dec-12Laid downLaid down UK F234 HMS Iron Duke Yard No 1040
1989-jan-21LaunchedLaunched UK F233 HMS Marlborough
1989-apr-08LaunchedLaunched UK F231 HMS Argyll
1989-jun-01Laid downLaid down UK F235 HMS Monmouth Yard No 1041
1989-nov-01Laid downLaid down UK F236 HMS Montrose Yard No 1042
1989-decOrderedOrdered UK F237 HMS Westminster
1989-decOrderedOrdered UK F238 HMS Northumberland
1989-decOrderedOrdered UK F239 HMS Richmond
1990-may-24LaunchedLaunched UK F229 HMS Lancaster aka The Red Rose, aka The Queens Frigate
1990-jun-01CommissionedCommissioned UK F230 HMS Norfolk
1990-augTrialsTrials UK F233 HMS Marlborough
1991-jan-18Laid downLaid down UK F237 HMS Westminster at Wallsend, Yard No 135, originally fitted with the less powerful Spey SM1A engines.
1991-mar-02LaunchedLaunched UK F234 HMS Iron Duke
1991-apr-04Laid downLaid down UK F238 HMS Northumberland at Wallsend, Yard No 136.
1991-may-31CommissionedCommissioned UK F231 HMS Argyll
1991-junTrialsTrials UK F230 HMS Norfolk Intensive follow-up trials with Merlin PP5 as part of the Merlin Naval development programme.
1991-jun-14CommissionedCommissioned UK F233 HMS Marlborough
1991-nov-23LaunchedLaunched UK F235 HMS Monmouth also known as The Black Duke.
1992-janOrderedOrdered UK F82 HMS Somerset
1992-janOrderedOrdered UK F80 HMS Grafton
1992-janOrderedOrdered UK F81 HMS Sutherland
1992-feb-04LaunchedLaunched UK F237 HMS Westminster
1992-feb-06Laid downLaid down UK F239 HMS Richmond at Wallsend, Yard No 137.
1992-apr-04LaunchedLaunched UK F238 HMS Northumberland
1992-may-01CommissionedCommissioned UK F229 HMS Lancaster originally intended to be F232 but changed to F229
1992-may-12DeploymentDeployment UK F230 HMS Norfolk Departed in support of HMS Invincible for Orient 92 deployment as part of Task Group 318.1. Returned to UK Nov 1992.
1992-junPort VisitPort Visit UK F230 HMS Norfolk Orient 92 deployment Port visit to Mauritius towards end of Jun 1992, after transiting the Suez Canal.
1992-jul-31LaunchedLaunched UK F236 HMS Montrose
1992-oct-12Laid downLaid down UK F82 HMS Somerset Yard No 1043
1993-marAircraftAircraft UK F231 HMS Argyll assigned 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 ZD567 as /365-AY until 25 Mar 1994.
1993-apr-06LaunchedLaunched UK F239 HMS Richmond
1993-may-13Laid downLaid down UK F80 HMS Grafton Yard No 1044
1993-may-20CommissionedCommissioned UK F234 HMS Iron Duke
1993-sep-24CommissionedCommissioned UK F235 HMS Monmouth
1993-oct-14Laid downLaid down UK F81 HMS Sutherland Yard No 1045
1994-janAircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth assigned 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3GMS ZD253 /415-MM as Monmouth Flt until c Apr 1994
1994-jan UK F229 HMS Lancaster Departed Devonport for West Indies Guardship duties.
1994-febDeploymentDeployment UK F230 HMS Norfolk Atlantic Patrol Task (South) relieved HMS Newcastle for Atlantic Patrol Task (South) around the Falklands
1994-mar-25AircraftAircraft UK F231 HMS Argyll Lynx HAS.3S ZD567 / 365-AY crashed and sank 7nm E of Andros Island.
1994-aprAircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth assigned 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3S ZD251 /415-MM as Monmouth Flt until c Mar 1996
1994-may-13CommissionedCommissioned UK F237 HMS Westminster
1994-jun-02CommissionedCommissioned UK F236 HMS Montrose
1994-jun-26LaunchedLaunched UK F82 HMS Somerset
1994-nov-03 UK F239 HMS Richmond departed Tyneside, as the last warship built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd.
1994-nov-05LaunchedLaunched UK F80 HMS Grafton
1994-nov-29CommissionedCommissioned UK F238 HMS Northumberland
1995-feb-11DeploymentDeployment UK 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-09DeploymentDeployment UK 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-22CommissionedCommissioned UK F239 HMS Richmond
1995-julAircraftAircraft UK F236 HMS Montrose assigned 815 NAS Lynx ZF557 / 444-MR as ships flt by Jul 1995 until c Dec 1997. Included 3 week detachment to USS Cape St George during Jun 1997.
1995-julPort VisitPort Visit UK F235 HMS Monmouth visited Brisbane for VJ Day celebrations.
1995-aug-09DeploymentDeployment UK F237 HMS Westminster Operation Harlech ordered to Montserrat in response to further eruptions for a relief and evacuation mission. Joined by HMS Southampton on 19 Aug.
1995-novDeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose West Indies Guardship Nov 1995 to May 1996. One of the last RN ships to use the Dockyard site.
1995-decAircraftAircraft UK F231 HMS Argyll assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ230/365-AY until c Nov 1996.
1996-febOrderedOrdered UK F78 HMS Kent
1996-febOrderedOrdered UK F79 HMS Portland
1996-febOrderedOrdered UK F83 HMS St Albans
1996-marDeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Atlantic Patrol Task (South)
1996-mar-09LaunchedLaunched UK F81 HMS Sutherland aka The Fighting Clan.
1996-may-24DeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll relieved HMS Brave on station in Caribbean as West Indies Guardship.
1996-sepAircraftAircraft UK F238 HMS Northumberland 815 Sq Lynx HMA.8 ZD265 as Northumberland Flt / 372-NL by Sep 1996 until c Mar 1998
1996-sep-20CommissionedCommissioned UK F82 HMS Somerset
1996-octAircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ728 /415-MM as Monmouth Flt
1997-febTrialsTrials UK F80 HMS Grafton Hosted deck handling trials for EH101 programme
1997-feb-25AircraftAircraft UK 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-marTrialsTrials UK F234 HMS Iron Duke took part in Lynx HMA.8 Stingray torpedo trials at the AUTEC ranges. Iron Duke Flt ZF560/404-IR embarked.
1997-apr-16Laid downLaid down UK F78 HMS Kent Yard No 1051
1997-may-29CommissionedCommissioned UK F80 HMS Grafton
1997-julPort VisitPort Visit UK F235 HMS Monmouth to Wellington NZ for visit
1997-jul-04CommissionedCommissioned UK F81 HMS Sutherland
1998-jan-14Laid downLaid down UK F79 HMS Portland Yard No 1052
1998-feb-13DeploymentDeployment UK F235 HMS Monmouth Operation Resilient Ordered to Freetown from Guinea, to provide humanitarian assistance following overthrow of military government. Relieved on station by HMS Cornwall on 23 Feb.
1998-marAircraftAircraft UK F80 HMS Grafton assigned 815 Sq Lynx HAS.3 ZD256/347-GT
1998-marAircraftAircraft UK F237 HMS Westminster assigned newly converted Lynx HMA.8 XZ255 as 228 Flt / 462-WM, until c Sep 2001.
1998-aprDeploymentDeployment UK F80 HMS Grafton departed HMNB Portsmouth for 8 month Middle and Far East deployment. Returned Dec 1998.
1998-apr-04Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll Apr98 STANAVFORMED embarked 815 NAS 208 Flt Lynx XZ722/365-AY
1998-may-27LaunchedLaunched UK F78 HMS Kent
1998-jul-17Port VisitPort Visit UK F233 HMS Marlborough visit to Latakia in company with RFA Fort Victoria
1998-aug-28DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke International Festival of Sea Participated in IFoS 1998., Portsmouth, on board Lynx ZF560
1998-aug-28DeploymentDeployment UK F233 HMS Marlborough International Festival of Sea Participated in IFoS 1998., Portsmouth, on board Lynx XZ731
1998-sep-23DeploymentDeployment UK F80 HMS Grafton Lynx ZD256 accident
1998-decAircraftAircraft UK F239 HMS Richmond assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257 until c Oct 2001
1999RefitRefit UK F229 HMS Lancaster Major, 12 month refit
1999DeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Atlantic Patrol Task (South), deployed around Falkland Islands between Dec 1999 and Feb 2000, relieved by HMS Southampton.
1999-apr-18Laid downLaid down UK F83 HMS St Albans Yard No 1053
1999-mayDeploymentDeployment UK F80 HMS Grafton part of FS Foch Task Group in Adriatic, off Kosovo
1999-may-15LaunchedLaunched UK F79 HMS Portland
2000DeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Atlantic Patrol Task (South), deployed around Falkland Islands between Jul 2000 and Oct 2000, relieved by HMS Iron Duke.
2000DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke Atlantic Patrol Task (South) 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-mayDeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll Operation Palliser ordered off Freetown, Sierra Leone to support Operation Palliser.
2000-may-06LaunchedLaunched UK F83 HMS St Albans aka The Saint
2000-jun-08CommissionedCommissioned UK F78 HMS Kent
2000-sepPort VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland Visit to Pitcairn Islands, in company with RFA Bayleaf (A109).
2000-sep-11DeploymentDeployment UK F80 HMS Grafton hit submerged rocks in a fjord near Droebak, outside Oslo while heading for the open sea. Was part of NATO STANVFORLANT flotilla visiting Oslo 9-11 Sep.
2001RefitRefit UK F230 HMS Norfolk Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch First ship to be fitted with Mod 1, Mk 8 4.5 gun
2001DeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose Atlantic Patrol Task (South) 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 VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster to Kuwait City for 10th anniversary Liberation ceremonies (from 1991 Iraq invasion)
2001-aprAircraftAircraft UK F79 HMS Portland 815 Sqn, 229 Flt Lynx ZD265 assigned as /426-PD Portland Flt, until Dec 2004
2001-may-03CommissionedCommissioned UK F79 HMS Portland
2001-may-17Port VisitPort Visit UK F235 HMS Monmouth commenced 5 day visit to Monmouth. The Black Duke was berthed in Newport, Gwent until 22 May 2001.
2001-aug-24Port VisitPort Visit UK F80 HMS Grafton International Festival of Sea 2001 Present at IFoS Portsmouth.
2001-aug-24Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster International Festival of Sea 2001 Present at IFoS Portsmouth.
2001-aug-24Port VisitPort Visit UK F233 HMS Marlborough International Festival of Sea 2001 Present at IFoS Portsmouth.
2001-aug-24Port VisitPort Visit UK F237 HMS Westminster International Festival of Sea 2001 Present at IFoS Portsmouth.
2001-oct-27AircraftAircraft UK F233 HMS Marlborough Ships Flt Lynx ZD253 crashed into Arabian Sea after being hit by Omani patrol boat, while operating at low level.
2001-novDeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent maiden deployment to Persian Gulf for 5 month maritime security operation, returning Mar 2002.
2002DeploymentDeployment UK F237 HMS Westminster Atlantic Patrol Task (South) 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-06AircraftAircraft UK F81 HMS Sutherland 815 NAS Lynx HAS.3 XZ694, air freight to join ship near Veracruz, until Apr 2002
2002-feb-12DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland departed HMNB Devonport for Atlantic Patrol Ship (North) deployment
2002-marPort VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland week long visit to Veracruz, for the Port 100th anniversary celebration.
2002-mar-27Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland anchored offshore for 1 day visit to Montserrat
2002-apr-12Port VisitPort Visit UK F230 HMS Norfolk to Malta to celebrate 60th anniversary of award of George Cross to the island. 815 Sq Lynx HMA.8 ZD565/361 embarked.
2002-junAircraftAircraft UK F231 HMS Argyll assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ722/365-AY by 1 Jun 2002, until c Nov 2002
2002-jun-06CommissionedCommissioned UK F83 HMS St Albans
2002-augAircraftAircraft UK F239 HMS Richmond assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ725 until c Feb 2003
2002-oct-27 UK F83 HMS St Albans struck by P&O ferry Pride of Portsmouth while St Albans moored at Fountain Lake Jetty, in Portsmouth Harbour.
2002-novAircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth assigned 824 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH858/415-MM as Monmouth Flt until c May 2004.
2002-nov-20Port VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond Visit to the Pool of London (tied up alongside HMS Belfast), until 26 Nov 2002.
2003DeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster Atlantic Patrol Task (South) 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-janDeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke West Indies Guard ship.
2003-janAircraftAircraft UK F239 HMS Richmond assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ722 until c Dec 2004
2003-jan-17DeploymentDeployment UK 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-febPort VisitPort Visit UK F238 HMS Northumberland Visited Marmaris, Turkey
2003-feb-10DeploymentDeployment UK 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-05DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent Operation Telic via West Africa, to support stabilisation and reconstruction operations in Iraq, returning 20 Dec 2003.
2003-jun-09DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland Operation Telic to support post-combat and reconstruction operations in Iraq, completing 3 Dec 2003.
2003-sep-09Port VisitPort Visit UK F80 HMS Grafton visited Royal Albert Dock, London for the DSEI 2003 exhibition at the ExCel Centre 9-12 Sep
2004RefitRefit UK 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.
2004DeploymentDeployment UK F80 HMS Grafton Armilla Patrol early 2004
2004-jan UK F235 HMS Monmouth ship granted Freedom of Monmouth, her affiliated town
2004-junAircraftAircraft UK F237 HMS Westminster assigned 824 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH850 as /462-WM, until Oct 2004.
2004-julDeploymentDeployment UK 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-julAircraftAircraft UK F230 HMS Norfolk assigned to 815 Squadron
assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZF563 as Ships Flt / 361-NF until c Jan 2005
2004-augRefitRefit UK F238 HMS Northumberland towed array sonar Type 2087 until Aug 2005, at Babcock in Rosyth for Merlin handling equipment and updated sonar system.
2004-sepDeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke Atlantic Patrol Task (South) 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-octAircraftAircraft UK F237 HMS Westminster assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH850 as /462-WM, until Apr 2006.
2004-octAircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH858/415-MM as Monmouth Flt until c Sep 2005.
2004-dec-08AircraftAircraft UK F236 HMS Montrose Lynx XZ724 accident, during SAR for reported man overboard
2004-dec-08AircraftAircraft UK F79 HMS Portland Lynx XZ724 during SAR by 815 NAS 229 Flt received report of man overboard from HMS Montrose, off the Lizard. Working with Sutherland Flt Lynx and 771NAS Sea King Rescue 193 on scene. This tragedy led to the inauguration of the Osprey Trophy in 2007 for excellence amongst front line Lynx units.
2005-febDeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland Atlantic Patrol Task (South) 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-febDeploymentDeployment UK 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-marAircraftAircraft UK F239 HMS Richmond assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ729 until c May 2005.
2005-marDeploymentDeployment UK F233 HMS Marlborough Operation Telic relieved in Persian Gulf as Operation Telic guardship in Task Group 330.01 by HMS Argyll.
2005-apr-15DecommissionedDecommissioned UK F230 HMS Norfolk following Jul 2004 announcement by UK MoD to reduce Type 23 fleet to 13 vessels.
2005-may-01AircraftAircraft UK F234 HMS Iron Duke Lynx XZ690 assigned. Ships Flight airframe is known as The Duchess.
2005-junDeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset Departed HMNB Devonport for a 2 month Mediterranean deployment, returning on 3 Aug 2005.
2005-julRefitRefit UK 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-07Port VisitPort Visit UK F80 HMS Grafton to Ipswich. Entry to port escorted by 4 Lynx and 2 Gazelle from AAC Wattisham.
2005-jul-08DecommissionedDecommissioned UK F233 HMS Marlborough following Jul 2004 announcement by UK MoD to reduce Type 23 fleet to 13 vessels.
2005-sepAircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH857/415-MM as Monmouth Flt until c Mar 2006.
2006Fate: transferedFate: transfered UK F230 HMS Norfolk to Chile as Almirante Cochrane
2006TrialsTrials UK F81 HMS Sutherland conducted trials of ScanEagle reconnaissance UAV
2006-feb-13DeploymentDeployment UK 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-13DeploymentDeployment UK 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-mar-15Port VisitPort Visit UK F82 HMS Somerset visit to the Pool of London, tied up alongside HMS Belfast, near Tower Bridge
2006-mar-31DecommissionedDecommissioned UK F80 HMS Grafton following Jul 2004 announcement by UK MoD to reduce Type 23 fleet to 13 vessels. Ships Bell to Ipswich Council offices
2006-aprAircraftAircraft UK F237 HMS Westminster assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH857 as /415-WM, until Sep 2008.
2006-aprAircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH850/462-MM as Monmouth Flt until c Nov 2006
2006-mayAircraftAircraft UK F239 HMS Richmond assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH828 as /474, until Nov 2008.
2006-jun-12DeploymentDeployment UK 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-20DeploymentDeployment UK F83 HMS St Albans Operation Highbrow assisted in evacuating UK nationals from Beirut during the Israel - Lebanon conflict
2006-octDeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke Three day visit to Grand Cayman in preparation for Hurricane season in mid Oct.
2006-oct-11DeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll Operation Vela (Green Eagle) conduct of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2006-novPort VisitPort Visit UK F237 HMS Westminster visited Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during return from a 6 month Far East deployment.
2006-nov-05DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland relieved HMS Kent at Salalah, Oman on Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean mission
2006-nov-18Port VisitPort Visit UK F235 HMS Monmouth to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for visit and Ship Open to Visitors.
2006-nov-22CommissionedCommissioned CL FF-05 Almirante Cochrane
2007Fate: transferedFate: transfered UK F233 HMS Marlborough to Chile as Almirante Condell
2007-janDeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose until Jul 2007, task group assignment to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, around the Mediterranean Sea.
2007-janAircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH840/415 as Monmouth Flt, at intervals until c May 2009.
2007-jan-05Port VisitPort Visit UK F83 HMS St Albans Ship Open to Visitors at the London Boat Show, until 15 Jan.
2007-febRefitRefit UK 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-febDeploymentDeployment UK F235 HMS Monmouth departed HMNB Devonport on a 9 month, round the world mission, returning 3 Dec 2007.
2007-marFate: transferedFate: transfered UK F80 HMS Grafton transferred to Chilean Navy, following an agreement in Sep 2005.
2007-mar-28CommissionedCommissioned CL FF-07 Almirante Lynch
2007-mar-28 CL FF-07 Almirante Lynch Handed over to Chilean Navy at HMNB Portsmouth as part of Project Puente to renew its surface fleet
2007-aprDeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland assumed role of Flagship of CTF 158 in the northern Persian Gulf
2007-mayRefitRefit UK 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-10DeploymentDeployment UK 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-aug-21DeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland Stood off George Town to conduct damage assessment following Hurricane Dean, supported by RFA Wave Ruler.
2007-octDeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll departed UK for 6 month deployment in Persian Gulf as part of CTF-150, returning Apr 2008
2007-novAircraftAircraft UK F78 HMS Kent assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257 as Kent (217) Flt, until c Dec 2008
2007-decRefitRefit UK 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-06Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll short visit to Doha, while on patrol in the Northern Arabian Gulf.
2008-jan-21DeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month deployment in the Arabian Gulf, returning on 1 Aug 2008.
2008-mayDeploymentDeployment UK 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-02Port VisitPort Visit UK F78 HMS Kent Ship Open to Visitors at 1st Jersey Boat Show in St Helier Marina
2008-may-31DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent departed HMNB Portsmouth for a six month maritime security deployment to Indian Ocean and Far East, returning 15 Dec 2008.
2008-junDeploymentDeployment UK 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 VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll visited Liverpool for the 2008 Tall Ships event, with RFA Lyme Bay.
2008-jul-25Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll At Portsmouth 25-27 Jul for Meet Your Navy 2008
2008-jul-25Port VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond At HMNB Portsmouth, 25-27 Jul for Meet Your Navy 2008
2008-jul-25DeploymentDeployment CL FF-06 Almirante Condell At Portsmouth 25-27 Jul for Meet Your Navy 2008
2008-jul-25DeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster At Portsmouth 25-27 Jul for Meet Your Navy 2008
2008-aug-31DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke directed to assist in relief operations for Hurricane Gustav around Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
2008-sepDeploymentDeployment UK 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-sepAircraftAircraft UK F79 HMS Portland 815 Sq 206 Flt embarked with its Lynx.
2008-sepDeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month Gulf and Middle East deployment, returned Feb 2009
2008-sep-15DeploymentDeployment UK 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-octAircraftAircraft UK F237 HMS Westminster assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH829 as /503, until Mar 2009.
2008-oct-04DeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll Exercise Joint Warrior 08-2 participated in bi-annual multi-national exercise off Scottish coast, until 17 Oct
2008-novDeploymentDeployment UK 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 VisitPort Visit UK 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-30RefitRefit UK 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-janRefitRefit UK F236 HMS Montrose DS30M 30mm Added DS30M Mark 2 30mm Gun and was 1st Type 23 to have upgraded DNA 2 Combat Management System installed.
2009-jan-19DeploymentDeployment UK F83 HMS St Albans departed HMNB Portsmouth for 4 month maritime security deployment to the Mediterranean, returned 7 May.
2009-febDeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset Taurus 09 deployment, with HMS Bulwark, HMS Ocean, HMS Argyll, supported by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary
2009-feb-16DeploymentDeployment UK 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-marAircraftAircraft UK F237 HMS Westminster assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH837 as /503, until Jul 2009.
2009-apr-04Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll tied up in Palma de Mallorca for a 5 day visit, during deployment on Operation Taurus 09.
2009-mayRefitRefit UK F237 HMS Westminster Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch Entered HMD Devonport for refit until mid Mar 2010 with Babcock, to address Seawolf and its control system.
2009-mayDeploymentDeployment UK 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-julAircraftAircraft UK F82 HMS Somerset assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH824 as /501, until Sep 2009.
2009-julAircraftAircraft UK F83 HMS St Albans assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH837 as /503, until Oct 2009 when she was damaged aboard HMCS Montreal.
2009-jul-07Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke Three day visit to Grand Cayman in preparation for Hurricane season.
2009-sepAircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH852/ (502 ?) as Monmouth Flt until c Jun 2010.
2009-sep-05HomeportHomeport UK F82 HMS Somerset North Yard in Devonport for Navy Days 2009 with Lynx ZD262 of 815 NAS 203 Flt
2009-sep-05HomeportHomeport UK F238 HMS Northumberland present for Navy Days 2009, with 829 NAS 04 Northumberland Flt Merlin HM.1 ZH858 aboard
2009-sep-05Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland present at Plymouth Navy Days 2009.
2009-sep-08Port VisitPort Visit UK F82 HMS Somerset DSEI exhibition with 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD262 embarked
2009-sep-28DeploymentDeployment UK F235 HMS Monmouth Armilla Patrol departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month Northern Arabian Gulf deployment, until mid Apr 2010 return.
2009-octAircraftAircraft UK F82 HMS Somerset assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH856 as /501, (short term ?).
2009-octAircraftAircraft UK F83 HMS St Albans assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH848 as /503, until c Aug 2010.
2009-octAircraftAircraft UK F239 HMS Richmond assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH832 as /505, until c Aug 2010.
2009-oct-05DeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland Exercise Joint Warrior 09-2 participated in Ex JW 09-2, with 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH858 embarked
2009-oct-05DeploymentDeployment UK 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-09RefitRefit UK F231 HMS Argyll Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch 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-09AircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth Ships Flt Merlin HM.1 829Sq ZH852 /(502) noted at Luqa
2009-oct-22DeploymentDeployment UK 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 VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke to Fort Lauderdale, Fl for 5 day visit, towards end of Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment, departed 4 Nov.
2009-novAircraftAircraft UK F82 HMS Somerset assigned to 815 Squadron
assigned Lynx HMA.8 ZF557 as ships flt, until c Sep/Oct 2010.
2009-dec-14DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke returned to UK after Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment
2010-feb-01DeploymentDeployment UK F83 HMS St Albans Departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month Arabian Gulf and Middle East deployment, returning in Aug 2010.
2010-apr-13DeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland Atlantic Patrol Task (South) Sailed from HMNB 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-mayDeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland Exercise Auriga 2010 Participated in Joint exercise in Western Atlantic, until Aug 2010.
2010-may-26DeploymentDeployment UK 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-27DeploymentDeployment UK F235 HMS Monmouth Escorted Operation Dynamo veteran vessels during 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuations
2010-jun-28Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland Fleet Review: 100th anniversary of Canadian Navy visited Halifax for MARLANT Fleet Review
2010-julAircraftAircraft UK F237 HMS Westminster assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH858 as /502, until Aug 2010.
2010-jul-03Port VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond 3+4 July participated with Fleet Days Zeebrugge Belgium. On board Merlin ZH832.
2010-jul-06Port VisitPort Visit UK 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-17DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent Participated in Exercise FRUKUS 10, rehearsing Disaster Relief operations with French Navy, US Navy and Russian Navy.
2010-augDeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose for 5 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf on anti-piracy patrol, returned to HMNB Devonport on 23 Dec 2010.
2010-augAircraftAircraft UK F237 HMS Westminster assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH841 as /502, until at least Jul 2011.
2010-sep-16Port VisitPort Visit UK F78 HMS Kent four day visit to Dover, departing 19 Sep 2010
2010-octRefitRefit UK 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-octAircraftAircraft UK F239 HMS Richmond assigned 829 NAS 05 Flight Merlin HM.1 ZH836 as /505
2010-novAircraftAircraft UK F81 HMS Sutherland assigned 829 NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH863 as /501
2010-novAircraftAircraft UK F231 HMS Argyll assigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ691/365-AY until at least Jul 2011.
2010-nov-12Port VisitPort Visit UK F235 HMS Monmouth visit to Cardiff to take part in Remembrance weekend ceremonies
2011-janRefitRefit UK 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-05DeploymentDeployment UK F239 HMS Richmond Left HMNB Portsmouth for a 7 month deployment to the Far East, via Suez.
2011-jan-10DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke departed HMNB Portsmouth for 7 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf, relieving HMS Cumberland.
2011-marDeploymentDeployment UK 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-26DeploymentDeployment UK 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-08DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland Operation Unified Protector deployed from HMNB Devonport to Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf operations
2011-may-18DeploymentDeployment UK F239 HMS Richmond IMDEX Asia 2011 Present for IMDEX Asia 2011 exhibition in Singapore
2011-jun-05DeploymentDeployment UK 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-01Port VisitPort Visit UK F79 HMS Portland naval days 2011 (marinedagen) Den Helder, Netherlands. embarked Lynx ZF558
2011-jul-28HomeportHomeport UK F239 HMS Richmond Returned to HMNB Portsmouth after 7 month Indian Ocean counter-piracy deployment.
2011-jul-28HomeportHomeport UK F234 HMS Iron Duke Returned to HMNB Portsmouth following 7 month Gulf and Mediterranean deployment
2011-aug-17DeploymentDeployment UK 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-28DeploymentDeployment UK 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-octDeploymentDeployment UK F83 HMS St Albans Combined Task Force 150 assigned with CTF 150 in Middle East waters
2011-oct-14RefitRefit UK 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 VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland visit to the Pool of London alongside HMS Belfast until 22 Oct.
2011-oct-24DeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Devonport to take station for 5 months as APT(S) 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-25DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland Staff College Sea Days 2011 Demonstrated anti-submarine techniques in the Solent.
2011-oct-25AircraftAircraft UK F81 HMS Sutherland noted with 829NAS Merlin HM.1 ZH841/502 aboard, while departing HMNB Portsmouth.
2011-nov-04Port VisitPort Visit UK 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-07DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke as Fleet Ready Escort, maintaining security of UK waters.
2011-nov-21DeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset Off the Horn of Africa, performing a RAS with RFA Fort Victoria.
2011-nov-23Port VisitPort Visit UK F236 HMS Montrose visit to Georgetown, Ascension Island, en route South Atlantic
2011-nov-25Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke arrived in Elizabeth Harbour, Jersey for 4 day visit
2011-decTrialsTrials UK 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-01HomeportHomeport UK F78 HMS Kent Returned to HMNB Portsmouth after 50 week refit in Rosyth.
2011-dec-10Port VisitPort Visit UK F82 HMS Somerset visited Tanzania to celebrate 50th anniversary of independence.
2012-janRefitRefit UK F235 HMS Monmouth into dry dock for maintenance period at HMD Devonport, departed 29 Feb 2012
2012-janRefitRefit UK 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-janTrialsTrials UK F234 HMS Iron Duke 10 day small ship operation trials with Wildcat HMA.2 of 700(W) NAS.
2012-jan-23DeploymentDeployment UK 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-febTrialsTrials UK F234 HMS Iron Duke further 10 day small ship operation trials with Wildcat HMA.2 of 700(W) NAS.
2012-feb-02TrialsTrials UK F229 HMS Lancaster Commencement of sea trials following 16 month refit, prior to returning to the Fleet.
2012-feb-13Port VisitPort Visit UK F82 HMS Somerset visited Malta
2012-marRefitRefit UK 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-mar-17Port VisitPort Visit UK F83 HMS St Albans (top) visit to the Pool of London with Merlin ZH863, beside HMS Belfast, until 22 Mar
2012-mar-20Port VisitPort Visit UK F236 HMS Montrose denied permit to dock in Peruvian port of El Callao
2012-apr-14DeploymentDeployment UK F83 HMS St Albans cooperating with HMS Monmouth in searching for UK SSN HMS Tireless during Perisher command course.
2012-apr-14DeploymentDeployment UK F235 HMS Monmouth cooperating with HMS St Albans in searching for UK SSN HMS Tireless during Perisher command course.
2012-apr-17Port VisitPort Visit UK F236 HMS Montrose NOLA Navy Week visited New Orleans to commemorate War of 1812
2012-may-03RefitRefit UK F82 HMS Somerset 9 month refit at Babcock, HMD Devonport, including Sea Wolf mid-life upgrade and new command systems, until 15 Jan 2013.
2012-jul-05DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland Departed HMNB Devonport for a 6 month maritime security deployment in the Indian Ocean with 829 NAS Merlin embarked, to relieve HMS Westminster. Relieved by HMS Northumberland and returned to HMNB Devonport on 15 Dec 2012.
2012-jul-06AircraftAircraft UK 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 VisitPort Visit UK 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-octDeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland escort for FS Charles de Gaulle, during Exercise Corsican Lion.
2012-oct-02DeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose departed HMNB Devonport for 3 month Cougar 12 deployment in the Mediterranean
2012-oct-08DeploymentDeployment UK 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 VisitPort Visit UK F78 HMS Kent to Belfast for 5 day visit, in company with HMS Severn. HMS Kent departed on 16 Oct.
2012-oct-17DeploymentDeployment UK 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 VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster 3 day visit to Portland, alongside the deep water berth, until 17 Feb.
2013-feb-18DeploymentDeployment UK 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-02Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster visit to Canary Wharf for 5 days, depart 7 Mar
2013-mar-03AircraftAircraft UK F229 HMS Lancaster 815NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257/300-LA embarked
2013-mar-10Port VisitPort Visit UK F83 HMS St Albans (bot) at Amsterdam, embarked Merlin ZH841
2013-mar-13Port VisitPort Visit UK 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-25DeploymentDeployment UK 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-aprRefitRefit UK F83 HMS St Albans Mk.8 Mod 1 4.5 inch at Portsmouth for 15 month refit including Kryten gun and Seawolf system update. Rejoined fleet on 1 Aug 2014.
2013-apr-02Port VisitPort Visit UK 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 VisitPort Visit UK F238 HMS Northumberland arrived at Pinto Wharf, Valletta, until 29 Apr.
2013-may-16Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll arrived for two week mid-deployment maintenance, departed on 30 May.
2013-may-17Port VisitPort Visit UK F79 HMS Portland visit to Portland and Weymouth, departed 20 May.
2013-may-28DeploymentDeployment UK 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-07Port VisitPort Visit UK F82 HMS Somerset visit to St Marys Isles of Scilly for Battle of the Atlantic 70th celebrations. Departed 9 Jun.
2013-jun-20Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster arrived in Grand Cayman for 4 day disaster preparedness visit
2013-jun-23TrialsTrials UK F234 HMS Iron Duke departed HMNB Portsmouth for trials with Artisan 3D radar, after refit
2013-jun-26Port VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond alongside in Docklands for 5 day visit to include Armed Forces Day weekend, departing 30 Jun.
2013-aug-02DeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland Assigned as Fleet Ready Escort in UK waters for 2 months.
2013-aug-02Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster weekend visit to Kingston, Jamaica, until 5 Aug.
2013-aug-05DeploymentDeployment UK F239 HMS Richmond Atlantic Patrol Task (South) 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 after relief in turn by HMS Portland, returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 21 Feb 2014
2013-aug-12DeploymentDeployment UK 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-13DeploymentDeployment UK 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 VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond arrived St Helena for 2 day visit
2013-aug-30Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll visit to Hamilton, Bermuda
2013-sep-06Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland visit to London for International Shipping Week, alongside at Excel Exhibition Centre until 15 Sep. Wildcat ZZ396 onboard
2013-sep-07Port VisitPort Visit UK F238 HMS Northumberland visit London for International Shipping Week, alongside at Canary Wharf until 12 Sep
2013-sep-09Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster Cartagena de Indias Colombia for navy fair
2013-sep-13Port VisitPort Visit UK F238 HMS Northumberland alongside Whitehill Point, Tyneside until 16 Sep.
2013-sep-23Port VisitPort Visit UK 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 VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond 3 day visit to South Georgia, whilst moored off Hope Point, departed 30 Sep.
2013-sep-27Port VisitPort Visit UK F235 HMS Monmouth berthed in Cardiff, to enable ships company to visit town of Monmouth. Departed 2 Oct.
2013-oct-07DeploymentDeployment UK F235 HMS Monmouth Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-07DeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-07DeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-07DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-07DeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset Exercise Joint Warrior 13-2 participated in two week exercise off NW Scotland
2013-oct-11Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland visited Hamburg, including Ship open to visitors, departed 14 Oct
2013-oct-20RefitRefit UK 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-24DeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose transit through the Strait of Hormuz, escorting HMS Illustrious, as part of Cougar 13 deployment.
2013-oct-28RefitRefit UK 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. After re-flooding the dry dock in May and emerging from the covered complex in early Oct 2014, completed refit in Mar 2015.
2013-novAircraftAircraft UK F235 HMS Monmouth 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 XZ725/415 is Black Knight (ships flt).
2013-novDeploymentDeployment UK 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-01Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster 4 day visit to Dominican Republic
2013-dec-06Port VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond arrived Port Stanley for weekend visit which include commemoration of the 1914 Battle of the Falklands on 8 Dec.
2013-dec-16DeploymentDeployment UK F235 HMS Monmouth escorted INS Vikramaditya through English Channel on delivery voyage to India, in company with INS Deepak and INS Trikand.
2014-jan-10DeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset Departed HMNB Devonport for 6 month maritime security deployment in the Gulf, Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean, with 815 NAS 203 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked. Relieved on station by HMS Northumberland on 30 Jun and returned to HMNB Devonport on 4 Jul.
2014-jan-13DeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month South Atlantic and Caribbean deployment. Relieved HMS Richmond and returned 1 Aug.
2014-jan-14Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll arrived in Pool of London 14 Jan alongside HMS Belfast, for 5 day port visit. Depart 19 Jan.
2014-jan-20Port VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond visit to Balboa, prior to entering Panama canal from Pacific side, for journey back to UK
2014-feb-06RefitRefit UK 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, until 6 Jul 2015. Returned to the Fleet in Nov 2015.
2014-mar-12 UK F231 HMS Argyll accidentally released a Stingray torpedo while tied up alongside in HMNB Devonport.
2014-mar-17TrialsTrials UK F229 HMS Lancaster Merlin HM.2 initial trials with 829 NAS 01 Flight
2014-mar-24Port VisitPort Visit UK F79 HMS Portland to Luanda, with Lynx HMA.8 /426 embarked
2014-mar-31DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent Exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 JW 14-1
2014-may-14Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster visit to Hamburg for the 825th anniversary of the port and to join the Hafengeburtstag celebrations. Moored alongside FGS Hamburg.
2014-may-19DeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Horn of Africa maritime security deployment with 815 NAS 215 Flt embarked. Relieved HMS Somerset on station, on 30 Jun. Relieved by HMS Kent on station. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 5 Dec.
2014-may-29Port VisitPort Visit UK F236 HMS Montrose visited West India Dock, South Quay for 350th anniversary of Royal Marines weekend.
2014-junDeploymentDeployment UK F239 HMS Richmond participated in Exercise Deep Blue with embarked Wildcat HMA.2
2014-jun-05DeploymentDeployment UK 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-06DeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose BALTOPS 14 participated with BALTOPS 2014 embarked Lynx ZD261 of 815 NAS 214 Flt.
2014-jun-20DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke Atlantic Patrol Task (South) departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment. Called at Jersey en route and departed 23 Jun. Relieved in S Atlantic by HMS Dragon. Returned to Portsmouth on 19 Dec.
2014-jun-20DeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll departed HMNB Devonport for 6 month Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment. 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 /365-AY embarked. Returned to Devonport 18 Dec.
2014-jun-22DeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset MoD announces that HMS Somerset is first UK warship to operate ScanEagle reconnaissance UAV
2014-julDeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster rendezvous with RFS Admiral Levchenko and shadowed her through English Channel, passing escort on to HMNLS Evertsen and HMNLS Freisland on 6 Jul.
2014-jul-04Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke short visit to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Isles, departed 7 Jul to continue her Atlantic deployment.
2014-jul-04Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll short visit to Bermuda to update plans for disaster relief, with local authorities. Departed 7 Jul.
2014-jul-09Port VisitPort Visit UK F236 HMS Montrose Visit to Montrose, Angus Scotland.
2014-augPort VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke spent 4 days at Walvis Bay as guest of the Namibian Navy.
2014-aug-24Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke with Lynx ZD565/404 at Cape Town, South Africa
2014-sep-24Port VisitPort Visit UK 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-06Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll Delayed 4 day visit to Cayman Islands during Hurricane season support.
2014-oct-07TrialsTrials UK F83 HMS St Albans working up with 829 NAS Merlin HM.2 for 3 days off south coast, after emerging from refit.
2014-oct-08Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke rendezvous with HMS Protector off Grytviken
2014-oct-11Port VisitPort Visit UK 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-17RefitRefit UK F236 HMS Montrose surface and low level air search radar Type 997 at HMD Devonport with Babcock for fitting Sea Ceptor, Artisan 3D radar and improving the command system, amongst other internal and external work. Returned to sea in Jun 2017.
2014-oct-18Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll returned to Bermuda to assist in the clearance operations following Hurricane Gonzalo.
2014-oct-21DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month maritime security mission to Gulf and Indian Ocean, relieving HMS Northumberland. During latter part of deployment in 2015, joined with USS Carl Vinson carrier group and Charles de Gaulle in international operations against ISIS in Syria. Relieved by HMS Richmond and returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 15 May 2015.
2014-novRefitRefit UK F237 HMS Westminster surface and low level air search radar Type 997 Type 23 Mid Life Upgrade: refit at HMD Portsmouth (15 Dock), including new Command Systems and Artisan 3D radar fit, by BAE Systems. Refloated 8 Oct 2015. Sea Wolf replaced by Sea Ceptor. Completed Jan 2017.
2014-nov-07DeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland International Mine Counter Measures Exercise 2014 participated in major multi-national Gulf exercise, together with a number of UK warships and MCM vessels.
2014-nov-07Port VisitPort Visit UK F82 HMS Somerset visit to Avonmouth (Berth S) with 829 NAS Merlin HM.2 embarked, for Remembrance Day services across her namesake county, departed 10 Nov
2014-nov-26Port VisitPort Visit UK F83 HMS St Albans visit to the Pool of London with Merlin HM.2 ZH836 embarked, beside HMS Belfast, until 2 Dec.
2014-nov-30Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll Visited Havana until 4 Dec, in anticipation of further thawing of relations with the West.
2015-janDeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset operating in Firth of Clyde in the absence of an RAF Maritime Patrol Aircraft, seeking the owner of an unidentified periscope.
2015-jan-15Port VisitPort Visit UK F79 HMS Portland visit to Liverpool Cruise Terminal until 18 Jan.
2015-feb-17DeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll Took over escort of Russian Neustrashimy class warship Yaroslav Mudryy and supporting tanker Kola through English Channel from Marine Nationale.
2015-feb-26Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster visited Liverpool for 4 days. Ship open to Visitors on Sat 28 Feb. Departed 1 Mar.
2015-feb-28Port VisitPort Visit UK F82 HMS Somerset weekend visit to Antwerp.
2015-mar-07Port VisitPort Visit UK F79 HMS Portland visited Portland, with Ship Open to Visitors on 8 Mar.
2015-mar-14DeploymentDeployment UK F239 HMS Richmond departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Middle East deployment, with 815 NAS 206 Flt Lynx HMA.8 embarked, to relieve HMS Kent. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 11 Dec.
2015-mar-17DeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll Staff College Sea Days 2015 participated in SC Sea Days 2015
2015-mar-21DeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month Atlantic mission, to relieve HMS Dragon. First UK vessel on operational deployment with Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ377 Voodoo (of 825 NAS 201 Flt) embarked. Supported by RFA Gold Rover from Jun to 8 Nov. Returned to Portsmouth 17 Dec.
2015-mar-24TrialsTrials UK F81 HMS Sutherland departed HMNB Devonport for sea trials following an extensive multi-phase refit and life extension programme. Rejoined the Fleet on 25 Sep.
2015-apr-11DeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1 participated in JW 15-1
2015-apr-24Port VisitPort Visit UK F82 HMS Somerset 4 day visit to Leith, after JW15-1 to participate in centenary of Gallipoli celebrations. Departed 27 Apr.
2015-mayDeploymentDeployment UK F239 HMS Richmond Combined Task Force 150 operating alongside CTF-150 flagship FS Var in Indian Ocean.
2015-may-26Port VisitPort Visit UK F79 HMS Portland first RN vessel to visit Faroes Islands since HMS Brilliant in 1990
2015-junRefitRefit UK F231 HMS Argyll CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Type 23 Life Extension Programme: replacement of Seawolf missile system with Sea Ceptor over 20 months, by Babcock at Devonport. Completed Feb 2017.
2015-jun-05DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke BALTOPS 15 deployed to Baltic Sea for BALTOPS 2015.
2015-jun-18DeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland celebrated 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo by carrying a replica dispatch from Ostend to UK announcing Wellingtons victory.
2015-jul-07Port VisitPort Visit UK F83 HMS St Albans visit to London, with Ship Open to Visitors on 11 Jul. Due to depart on 15 Jul.
2015-sep-08Port VisitPort Visit UK F79 HMS Portland visit to London for International Shipping Week. Departed on 10 Sep.
2015-sep-13Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke To London in support of DSEI 2015 exhibition, departed 19 Sep.
2015-oct-03DeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland Exercise Joint Warrior 15-2 participated in JW 15-2 off north west coast of Scotland
2015-oct-04Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster visited Lobito for 4 day visit, including joint training with US Marines and Angolan forces
2015-oct-25DeploymentDeployment UK F239 HMS Richmond Operation Sophia Committed to Italian-led European Operation Sophia as second British Warship operating against people traffickers in the Mediterranean. Operating beyond Libyan territorial waters.
2015-oct-30Port VisitPort Visit UK F79 HMS Portland weekend visit to Cardiff
2015-novDeploymentDeployment UK F82 HMS Somerset departed HMNB Devonport for 6 week Mediterranean deployment, to provide security for Heads of Government conferences. Returned 11 Dec.
2015-nov-30DeploymentDeployment UK F83 HMS St Albans Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 9 month maritime security deployment to the Middle East and the Gulf as part of Operation Kipion. Merlin HM.2 of 829 NAS 01 Flt /88 and Scan Eagle UAV embarked. Returned to HMNB Portsmouth on 5 Aug 2016.
2015-dec-06Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster visit to Algiers, departed 8 Dec.
2015-dec-07Port VisitPort Visit UK F78 HMS Kent visit to Dover, with Ship Open to Visitors on 9 Dec. Departed 10 Dec.
2016-jan-11DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke departed HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month deployment around Northern Europe and the Baltic, attached to NATO SMG1; returned to UK 7 Jul 2016.
2016-jan-28Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke early morning arrival at Royal Docks in London with 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZF562 /404-IR embarked, departed 1 Feb
2016-feb UK F229 HMS Lancaster into Extended Readiness, at Portsmouth
2016-feb-05Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke 05-09Feb16 port visit embarked Lynx ZF562/404-IR
2016-mar-03DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke Cold Response 2016 In Norway for NATO exercise Cold Response 16
2016-mar-03DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland Cold Response 2016 In Norway for NATO exercise Cold Response 16
2016-mayRefitRefit UK F238 HMS Northumberland CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor entered refit at Babcock, HMD Devonport for Life Extension.
2016-mayRefitRefit UK F238 HMS Northumberland Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until c May 2018, in preparation for her role in the Carrier Strike deployment, due May 2021.
2016-may-12Port VisitPort Visit UK F78 HMS Kent visit to London for capability demonstration prior to leaving for Battle of Jutland commemoration. (pic2) departing 16 May
2016-may-19Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke visitng Lithuania with Lynx HMA.8 /404-IR embarked
2016-jun-20DeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland departed HMNB Devonport for 9 month maritime security deployment in Middle East and Atlantic. 815 NAS 208 Flt Lynx HMA.8 ZF557/426 embarked, which also performed last firing of a Sea Skua missile off NW Scotland, before they were decommissioned. Returned to Plymouth 10 Mar 2017.
2016-jul-23DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent Guardship for yacht race
2016-aug-26Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland Shortly after tasking as Fleet Ready Escort, arrived off St Marys IoS as Guardship for Scilly Isles Regatta, departed 30 Aug
2016-sep-17Port VisitPort Visit UK F78 HMS Kent visit to Cardiff, until 21 Sep
2016-sep-23Port VisitPort Visit UK F82 HMS Somerset weekend visit to Glasgow, departed 27 Sep.
2016-oct-18DeploymentDeployment UK F239 HMS Richmond Deployed to escort RFS Admiral Kutnetzov and her task group from the Norwegian Sea, through the North Sea and English Channel on her way to the Mediterranean. Later joined by HMS Duncan.
2016-dec-05DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland As FRE, escorted RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov through English Channel en route eastern Mediterranean
2016-dec-16DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland As FRE, escorted RFS Yaroslav Mudry through English Channel
2017TrialsTrials UK F231 HMS Argyll selected as Trials Vessel for Sea Ceptor missle system
2017-janRefitRefit UK F78 HMS Kent CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until c Aug 2018, in preparation for her role in the Carrier Strike deployment, due May 2021.
2017-marRefitRefit UK F229 HMS Lancaster CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor left HMNB Portsmouth under tow for HMD Devonport and a refit by Babcock, replacing Sea Wolf by Sea Ceptor and fitting the Artisan 3D radar, until Aug 2019.
2017-mar-06DeploymentDeployment UK F235 HMS Monmouth departed HMNB Devonport for 9 month Middle East and Gulf maritime security and anti-piracy deployment. Wildcat ZZ533 Black Jack embarked. Returned to Plymouth on 1 Dec 2017.
2017-jun-23Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke In Liverpool for AFD celebrations. Ship Open to Visitors 24 Jun.
2017-jun-29DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland joined Queen Elizabeth in the Firth of Forth, as escort, during her pre-Commissioning manufacturers trials.
2017-augRefitRefit UK F239 HMS Richmond CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until c Feb 2020, in preparation for her role in the Carrier Strike deployment, due May 2021.
2017-aug-01DeploymentDeployment UK F237 HMS Westminster Exercise Saxon Warrior 17 participated in NATO exercise
2017-aug-01DeploymentDeployment UK F234 HMS Iron Duke Exercise Saxon Warrior 17 participated in NATO exercise
2017-sep-09Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll (pic2) at the Royal Docks for London International Shipping Week and the DSEI 2017 exhibition, joining HMS Mersey. Argyll had Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ375 embarked.
2017-sep-20Port VisitPort Visit UK F235 HMS Monmouth Visted Goa, before exercising with INS Gomati.
2017-oct-21Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland visited West India Dock
2018-jan-10DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland departed HMNB Devonport for 7 month deployment to Australia and the Far East, with 815 NAS 211 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ379 and J Coy 42 RM Commando, emabrked
2018-febRefitRefit UK F79 HMS Portland CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until c Dec 2020. Also fitted with new UE S2150 (aka Type 2150) bow sonar by Apr 2020, to replace the Type 2050 set.
2018-feb-04Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland visited Diego Garcia
2018-feb-23Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland weekend visit to Adelaide, departed 26 Feb.
2018-mar-09Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland Visited Sydney on 9 Mar, departed 16 Mar 2018
2018-apr-12Port VisitPort Visit UK F81 HMS Sutherland Visited Yokosuka, until 26 Apr 2018
2018-jun-18DeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll Departed HMNB Devonport for 9 month Far East and Pacific deployment, via the Gulf and Indian Ocean. 815 NAS 208 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ375 (c/s Highlander) embarked. Flight disembarked for Yeovilton 14 Mar 2019.
2018-augDeploymentDeployment UK F235 HMS Monmouth departed HMNB Devonport as escort for HMS Queen Elizabeth maiden deployment on 11 week WESTLANT 18 exercise off east coast of USA. 815 NAS 213 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ528 Blackjack embarked.
2018-sep-17Port VisitPort Visit UK F235 HMS Monmouth Visited NS Norfolk after cruising to avoid path of Hurricane Florence. To join with HMS Queen Elizabeth.
2018-oct-29DeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose departed HMNB Devonport for 3 year deployment to Middle East. After an initial global maritime security mission, she will be forward-based at Mina Salman in Bahrain and the ships company will rotate from the UK periodically.
2018-novRefitRefit UK F82 HMS Somerset CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until Feb 2022, although several post-LIFEX issues have dogged her return to the fleet.
2018-dec-04DeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose ExpoNaval 2018 Attended the ExpoNaval 2018 with her Wildcat ranged on deck, during a 9 day visit to Valparaiso
2018-dec-04DeploymentDeployment CL FF-07 Almirante Lynch ExpoNaval 2018 At ExpoNaval 2018 in Valparaiso
2018-dec-04DeploymentDeployment CL FF-06 Almirante Condell ExpoNaval 2018 At ExpoNaval 2018 in Valparaiso
2018-dec-26Port VisitPort Visit UK F236 HMS Montrose 3 day post-Christmas visit to Easter Island, en route Bahrain.
2019-jan-11DeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll In company with USS McCampbell, undertook training exercise in South China Sea.
2019-jan-15Port VisitPort Visit UK F236 HMS Montrose 5 day visit to Auckland. 1st visit of a British Warship to New Zealand for over 20 years.
2019-jan-15RefitRefit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke towed out of lay-up at Portsmouth, for Life Extension refit by Babcock in Devonport. Arrived Devonport under tow on 17 Jan.
2019-mar UK F235 HMS Monmouth Alongside at HMD Devonport, supposedly awaiting a life extension refit, but now stripped of much equipment.
2019-mar-31DeploymentDeployment UK F237 HMS Westminster Exercise Joint Warrior 19-1 Part of NATO SNMG1, arrived in Glasgow, for JW19-1. Then proceeding to 6 month NATO Baltic deployment.
2019-apr-02Port VisitPort Visit UK F236 HMS Montrose Visit to Sri Lanka. After departure, exercised with Sri Lanka Navy.
2019-apr-11HomeportHomeport UK F236 HMS Montrose arrived in Bahrain from Tokyo for 3 year deployment, with ships company rotated on a 4 monthly basis, until Nov 2022. Support will initially be provided by RFA Cardigan Bay.
2019-may-15DeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland Ordered to escort Russian Udaloy class RFS Severomorsk northbound through English Channel on its returm from Mediterranean and Black Sea operations.
2019-junAircraftAircraft UK F78 HMS Kent Assigned Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ533 as 215 Kent Flight (c/s Pegasus), for Exercise Baltic Protector.
2019-jul-14DeploymentDeployment UK F83 HMS St Albans shadowed PLAN Xian through English Channel as she made her way to St Petersburg for the annual Navy Days.
2019-jul-19DeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose arrived on scene just too late to prevent Iranian seizure of mv Stena Impero making independent passage, in period of heightened international tension around the Persian Gulf between Bandar Abbas and the UAE.
2019-augRefitRefit UK F83 HMS St Albans CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor Life extension refit at HMD Devonport until c 2022.
2019-aug-03DeploymentDeployment UK F237 HMS Westminster shadowed PLAN Xian through English Channel as she returned to China from St Petersburg Navy Days.
2019-aug-05Port VisitPort Visit UK F237 HMS Westminster visted West India Dock until 8 Aug. Exercised Freedom of the City rights on 7 Aug.
2019-aug-12DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent Departed HMNB Portsmouth for Persian Gulf to relieve HMS Duncan, with 815 NAS 215 Flt Wildcat embarked. Returned to Portsmouth on 12 Dec 2019 at South Railway Jetty.
2019-sep-07Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll To Antwerp for 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt.
2019-sep-08Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll At RVD for DSEI 2019 exhibition, with Wildcat ZZ531 ranged on deck. Departed afternoon of 15 Sep.
2019-sep-26DeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland Operating with HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Dragon and RFA Tideforce during WESTLANT19, off US east coast.
2019-oct-10DeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose Combined Task Force 150 While operating with her Port Crew on rotation from UK in Arabian Sea as part of CTF150, seized a significant haul of narcotics, in cooperation with FS Jean Bart.
2019-oct-13DeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland Exercise Joint Warrior 19-2 13 Oct 2019 stood off Cape Wrath range to provide Naval Gunfire Support during JW19-2. Fired on targets directed by 148 Battery RA as forward observers.
2019-dec-16DeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster To sea for training after an extended readiness period and refit.
2020-jan-20Port VisitPort Visit UK F229 HMS Lancaster Alongside at Portland.
2020-marAircraftAircraft UK F236 HMS Montrose Continuing her Operation Kipion duties in the Persian Gulf, with 815 NAS 210 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked. Mother returned to UK on 5 May.
2020-mar-10DeploymentDeployment UK F231 HMS Argyll Departed HMNB Devonport for 6.5 month deployment, with 815 NAS 214 Flt Wildcat HM.2 ZZ414. Disembarked 214 Flt Wildcat on 22 Sep 2020 in English Channel for Yeovilton, via a refuel stop at Culdrose.
2020-aprAircraftAircraft UK F81 HMS Sutherland 814 NAS Kingfisher Flt Merlin HM.2 (c/s Highlander) embarked.
2020-apr-14DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent Departed HMNB Portsmouth for UK Home Waters deployment. Merlin HM.2 of Mohawk Flt 814 NAS embarked.
2020-mayAircraftAircraft UK F237 HMS Westminster 814 NAS Tungsten Flt Merlin embarked.
2020-junDeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose Port Crew rotated aboard and 815 NAS 213 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 replaced 210 Flt.
2020-sepDeploymentDeployment UK F81 HMS Sutherland participated in Joint Exercise in high arctic with KNM Thor Heyerdahl, USS Ross and RFA Tidespring.
2020-sepAircraftAircraft UK F239 HMS Richmond 815 NAS 202 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked.
2020-sepAircraftAircraft UK F236 HMS Montrose 815 NAS 217 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked.
2020-sepAircraftAircraft UK F229 HMS Lancaster 815 NAS 209 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked.
2020-sep-21DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 Participated in Ex Joint Warrior 20-2 off NW Scotland. Wildcat HMA.2 of 815 NAS 206 Flt embarked.
2020-sep-21DeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 Participated in Ex Joint Warrior 20-2 off NW Scotland
2020-oct-16Port VisitPort Visit UK F238 HMS Northumberland alongside at Lerwick for weekend. Merlin ZH849 embarked during deployment, with c/s Red Claw.
2020-oct-23HomeportHomeport UK F81 HMS Sutherland Returned to HMNB Devonport, to await a LIFEX Refit slot in the Babcock Frigate Complex.
2020-oct-25DeploymentDeployment UK F239 HMS Richmond Ordered to stand by to assist Police and the UK Border Force in containing and resolving an issue with stowaways aboard the 42,800 ton mv Nave Andromeda off SE of the Isle of Wight.
2020-dec-06DeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster returned to HMNB Portsmouth after deployment.
2020-dec-23DeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland Arctic deployment cut short, after COVID spread throughout the ship and returned to Devonport for isolation.
2021-marDeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster departed Portsmouth as Flagship of JEF (with HMS Westminster and RFA Tiderace) for maritime security and freedom of navigation Baltic deployment with 815 NAS 209 Flt Wildcat embarked, returned 31 Mar.
2021-may UK F231 HMS Argyll Formidable Shield 2021
2021-mayDeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster Formidable Shield 2021
2021-may-01DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent departed HMNB Portsmouth for Exercise Strike Warrior and Operation Fortis 21 as part the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group. 206 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked.
2021-junDeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland G7 Summit 2021 Standing off Carbis Bay for G7 Maritime Security mission.
2021-jun-01Port VisitPort Visit UK F78 HMS Kent detached from CSG21 to visit Alicante
2021-jun-10DeploymentDeployment UK F238 HMS Northumberland G7 Summit 2021 operating off north Cornish Coast providing maritime security for the G7 summit, with Merlin HM.2 ZH842 embarked as Red Claw 1.
2021-jun-29Port VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond visited Haifa as part of HMS Queen Elizabeth escort group deployment
2021-jul-07DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent Transit of Suez Canal from Mediterranean, with CSG21 main force.
2021-sep-10StruckStruck UK F235 HMS Monmouth towed from HMD Devonport (for scrapping ?)
2021-sep-11Port VisitPort Visit UK F231 HMS Argyll visiting the London Excel Centre for the biennial Defence and Security Exhibition
2021-octDeploymentDeployment UK F237 HMS Westminster spent a period in the North Atlantic on anti-submarine operations as the UK Towed-Array Patrol Ship (TAPS), with Kingfisher Flt of 814 NAS Merlin HM.2 embarked.
2022-jun-13DeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland Exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2022 participated in DYMO 2022.
2022-aug-15DeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster departed Portsmouth for 3 year forward basing mission in the Middle East and Indian Ocean.
2022-sep-07Port VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond Baltimore Fleet Week at the North Locust Point.
2022-sep-07DeploymentDeployment UK F237 HMS Westminster joined exercise to sink ex-USS Boone in North Atlantic, with two Harpoon missiles.
2022-sep-27DeploymentDeployment UK F78 HMS Kent departed Portsmouth for passage north to prepare for Ex Joint Warrior 22-2.
2022-nov-13DeploymentDeployment UK F229 HMS Lancaster relieved HMS Montrose on station, as the long term Middle East frigate.
2022-nov-13DeploymentDeployment UK F236 HMS Montrose relieved by HMS Lancaster on station, as the long term Middle East frigate. HMS Montrose is returning to the UK, to decommission in spring 2023.
2023-mar-12DeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland ordered from Plymouth to escort Russian DDG Admiral Kasatonov and the auxiliary Akademik Pashin through the English Channel to the North Sea.
2023-jun-23Port VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond entered Falmouth for Armed Forces Day celebrations.
2023-sep-10Port VisitPort Visit UK F234 HMS Iron Duke visited Royal Victoria Dock with Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ518 embarked, in support of DSEI 2023 exhibition & conference. Departed 16 Sep.
2024-feb-15DeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland Exercise Steadfast Defender 2024 joined Prince of Wales Strike Group in North Sea, in place of unseaworthy HMS Somerset as escort frigate.
2024-marDeploymentDeployment UK F79 HMS Portland Exercise Steadfast Defender 2024 assigned to 814 Squadron
particpated in Ex Nordic Response in Norwegian and Arctic waters and conducted torpedo firing on 15 Mar. Merlin HM.2 ZH854 embarked as Mohawk Flt.
2024-mar-15RefitRefit UK F81 HMS Sutherland CAMM (M) Sea Ceptor released from dry-dock at Babcock in Devonport, following Sea Ceptor and engine upgrades during the long refit.
2024-mar-18Port VisitPort Visit UK F239 HMS Richmond visited Valletta, on way back to UK from Red Sea and Gulf of Aden
2024-jun-06DeploymentDeployment UK F83 HMS St Albans operating off Gold Beach (Vers sur Mer and Arromanches) in the Baie de la Seine in support of the D-Day 80th celebrations









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