F78 HMS Kent

UK Royal Navy

2000 to present    


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Flight Deck: KT
Call Sign: GDIR
See Also: DDG County class D12


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History of UK F78 HMS Kent

1997-apr-16Laid down
2001-novDeploymentmaiden deployment to Persian Gulf for 5 month maritime security operation, returning Mar 2002.
2003-jun-5Deployment Operation Telic via West Africa, to support stabilisation and reconstruction operations in Iraq, returning 20 Dec 2003.
2006-jun-12Deploymentdeparted 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.
2007-novAircraftassigned 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZD257 as Kent (217) Flt, until c Dec 2008
2008-may-2Port VisitJESt. Helier, Jersey Ship Open to Visitors at 1st Jersey Boat Show in St Helier Marina
2008-may-31Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for a six month maritime security deployment to Indian Ocean and Far East, returning 15 Dec 2008.
2009-mayDeployment 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
2010-jul-17DeploymentParticipated in Exercise FRUKUS 10, rehearsing Disaster Relief operations with French Navy, US Navy and Russian Navy.
2010-sep-16Port VisitDover WD four day visit to Dover, departing 19 Sep 2010
2011-janRefitHMD Rosyth Rosyth 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-dec-1HomeportReturned to HMNB Portsmouth after 50 week refit in Rosyth.
2012-sep-23Port VisitDover WD 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-12Port VisitPollock Dock to Belfast for 5 day visit, in company with HMS Severn. HMS Kent departed on 16 Oct.
2013-mar-25Deploymentdeparted 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 VisitLYTripoli harbour arrived in Tripoli, Libya for 3 day visit. First formal, inter-governmental visit of a British Warship in 40 years.
2014-mar-31DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 JW 14-1
2014-oct-21DeploymentOperation Kipion 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.
2015-dec-7Port VisitDover WD visit to Dover, with Ship Open to Visitors on 9 Dec. Departed 10 Dec.
2016-may-12Port VisitWest India Dock (TQ) visit to London for capability demonstration prior to leaving for Battle of Jutland commemoration. (pic2) departing 16 May
2016-jul-23DeploymentAmericas Cup Guardship for yacht race
2016-sep-17Port VisitRoath Basin Britannia Quay visit to Cardiff, until 21 Sep
2019-junAircraftBaltic Protector Assigned Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ533 as 215 Kent Flight (c/s Pegasus), for Exercise Baltic Protector.
2019-aug-12DeploymentDeparted HMNB Portsmouth for Persian Gulf to relieve HMS Duncan



    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



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