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HMS Grafton (F80)
HMS Grafton F-80.jpg
HMS Grafton (F80)
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Grafton (F80)
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: January 1992
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 13 May 1993
Launched: 5 November 1994
Commissioned: 29 May 1997
Decommissioned: 31 March 2006
Fate: Sold to Chile
Career (Chile) Chilean Navy Ensign
Name: Almirante Lynch (FF-07)
Operator: Chilean Navy
Commissioned: 28 March 2007
Badge: ESCU-00715.jpg
General characteristics
Class & type: 'Duke'-class Type 23 frigate
Displacement: 4,900 tonnes
Length: 133 m (463 ft 3 in)
Beam: 16.1 m (52 ft 10 in)
Draught: 7.3 m (23 ft 11 in)
Propulsion: CODLAG (Combined Diesel-eLectric And Gas)
2 × Rolls-Royce Spey boost gas-turbines
4 × Paxman Valenta diesel engines
2 × GEC electric motors
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) on diesel-electric
Range: 7,800 nmi (14,400 km; 9,000 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 185

2 × ASuW Harpoon quad launchers
Vertical launch system Sea Wolf missiles
1 × BAE 4.5 inch (113 mm) Mk 8 gun
2 × Oerlikon 30 mm guns

4 × Sting Ray torpedo tubes
Seagnat and DFL3 decoy launchers
Aircraft carried: 1 × Lynx HMA8 helicopter

HMS Grafton (F80) was a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy. It was the ninth vessel to bear the name, and is named after the Duke of Grafton.

In 2003, the ship was used in the ITV drama series Making Waves as the fictional Royal Navy warship Suffolk. In early 2004 the ship was deployed in the Persian Gulf. In July 2004, it was announced that Grafton would be one of three Type 23 frigates to be decommissioned by the end of 2006. In June 2005, it was announced that Grafton would be sold to the Chilean Navy . She was delivered to Chilean Navy on 28 March 2007 in Portsmouth and renamed Almirante Lynch (FF-07).

During her service in the Royal Navy, her crew were awarded the freedom of the Borough of Ipswich, due to their frequent visits to the Suffolk town. On her last visit to Ipswich in 2006, the Ship's Bell was presented to the town as a permanent reminder of the links between HMS Grafton and Ipswich. The bell is now on display in the reception area of the Ipswich Borough Council offices at Grafton House, named for the connection to the warship.[1]

HMS Grafton after renaming as Almirante Lynch (FF-07) prior to delivery to the Chilean Navy


  1. Ipswich Borough Council, display at Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 9SA

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