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  • F229 HMS Lancaster

    UK Royal Navy

    1992 to present    

    F229 HMS Lancaster


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    IMO: 8949604
    MMSI: 234659000
    Flight Deck: LA
    Call Sign: GACH
    Shipyard: Yarrow


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    History of UK F229 HMS Lancaster

    1987-dec-18Laid downYard No 1036
    1990-may-24Launchedaka The Red Rose, aka The Queens Frigate
    1992-may-1Commissionedoriginally intended to be F232 but changed to F229
    1994-janDeparted Devonport for West Indies Guardship duties.
    1999RefitMajor, 12 month refit
    2001-febPort Visitto Kuwait City for 10th anniversary Liberation ceremonies (from 1991 Iraq invasion)
    2001-aug-24Port VisitHMNB Portsmouth IFoS 2001 International Festival of Sea 2001 Present at IFoS Portsmouth.
    2003DeploymentSouth Atlantic 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.
    2006-feb-13DeploymentDeparted 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.
    2008-jul-25DeploymentHMNB Portsmouth Meet Your Navy 2008 At Portsmouth 25-27 Jul for Meet Your Navy 2008
    2008-sepDeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth for 6 month Gulf and Middle East deployment, returned Feb 2009
    2009-oct-22DeploymentLeft 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.
    2010-octRefitto 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.
    2012-feb-2TrialsCommencement of sea trials following 16 month refit, prior to returning to the Fleet.
    2012-jul-6Aircraftflying 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).
    2013-feb-15Port VisitPortland Harbour 3 day visit to Portland, alongside the deep water berth, until 17 Feb.
    2013-mar-2Port VisitWest India Dock (TQ) visit to Canary Wharf for 5 days, depart 7 Mar
    2013-mar-3Aircraft815NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257/300-LA embarked
    2013-may-28DeploymentAtlantic Patrol Task (North) 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-20Port Visitarrived in Grand Cayman for 4 day disaster preparedness visit
    2013-aug-2Port VisitJMKingston Bay weekend visit to Kingston, Jamaica, until 5 Aug.
    2013-sep-9Port VisitCOCartagena de Indias Harbour Cartagena de Indias Colombia for navy fair
    2013-sep-23Port Visit4 day visit to Belize, including Independence Day celebrations, departed on 26 Sep. Lynx HMA.8 815 Sq/300 Spartan aboard.
    2013-nov-1Port VisitDOSanto Domingo 4 day visit to Dominican Republic
    2014-mar-17TrialsMerlin HM.2 initial trials with 829 NAS 01 Flight
    2014-mar-17NEWS Merlin Mk2 initial trials on Type 23 frigate
    2014-may-14Port VisitDEHamburg Port 825th Hamburg Hafengeburtstag visit to Hamburg for the 825th anniversary of the port and to join the Hafengeburtstag celebrations. Moored alongside FGS Hamburg.
    2014-julDeploymentrendezvous with RFS Admiral Levchenko and shadowed her through English Channel, passing escort on to HMNLS Evertsen and HMNLS Freisland on 6 Jul.
    2015-feb-26Port Visitvisited Liverpool for 4 days. Ship open to Visitors on Sat 28 Feb. Departed 1 Mar.
    2015-mar-21DeploymentAtlantic Patrol Task (South) 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-oct-4Port VisitAOLobito visited Lobito for 4 day visit, including joint training with US Marines and Angolan forces
    2015-oct-23NEWS SHSaint Helena Wildcat in St Helena. First South Atlantic Deployment
    2015-dec-6Port VisitDZAlgiers visit to Algiers, departed 8 Dec.
    2016-febHMNB Portsmouth Extended Readiness into Extended Readiness, at Portsmouth
    2017-marRefitHMD Devonport 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.
    2019-dec-16DeploymentTo sea for training after an extended readiness period and refit.
    2020-jan-20Port VisitPortland Harbour Alongside at Portland.
    2020-sepAircraft815 NAS 209 Flt Wildcat HMA.2 embarked.
    2020-dec-6DeploymentHMNB Portsmouth returned to HMNB Portsmouth after deployment.
    2021-marDeploymentdeparted 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-mayDeployment Formidable Shield 2021
    2022-aug-15DeploymentOperation Kipion departed Portsmouth for 3 year forward basing mission in the Middle East and Indian Ocean.
    2022-nov-13DeploymentBHMina Salman Port relieved HMS Montrose on station, as the long term Middle East frigate.



        from Type 23 Duke class
    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



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

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    UK Yarrow, Scotstoun

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