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HMS Lancaster (F229)
HMS Lancaster (F229).jpg
HMS Lancaster in 2008
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Lancaster
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: September 1986
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 18 December 1987
Launched: 24 May 1990
Commissioned: 1 May 1992
Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth
Nickname: The Queen's Frigate,
The Red Rose Frigate
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: File:Lancaster badge.jpg
General characteristics
Class & type: Type 23 Frigate
Displacement: 4,900 tonnes, standard[1]
Length: 133 m (436 ft 4 in)
Beam: 16.1 m (52 ft 10 in)
Draught: 7.3 m (23 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: CODLAG with four 1510 kW (2,025 shp) Paxman Valenta 12CM diesel generators powering two GEC electric motors delivering 2980kW (4000 shp) and two Rolls-Royce Spey SM1A delivering 23,190 kW (31,100 shp) to two shafts
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 14,485 km (9,001 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 185
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 4 x 6-barrel Seagnat decoy launchers
  • DFL2/3 offboard decoys
  • Anti-air missiles:
  • Anti-ship missiles:
  • Anti-submarine torpedoes:
  • Guns:
  • Aircraft carried:

    Lynx HMA8, armed with;

    • Sea Skua anti ship missiles, or
    • 2× anti submarine torpedoes

    Westland Merlin HM1, armed with;

    • 4× anti submarine torpedoes
    Aviation facilities:
  • Flight deck
  • Enclosed hangar
  • HMS Lancaster is a 'Duke' class Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy. She is known as "The Queen's Frigate",[2] the Duke of Lancaster being an honorary title of the Sovereign. She is also known as The Red Rose Frigate,[3] after the emblem of Lancashire.

    Being the third ship in the Type 23 class, Lancaster was originally allocated the pennant number F232 until it was realised that the 232 is the Royal Navy report form for groundings and collisions and therefore considered unlucky.[4][5] She is one of the few "stag ships" left in the fleet, she has some female officers but the mess decks are men-only.[3] It is quite common when she has returned from long operations that she is flown over by one of the only two remaining airworthy Avro Lancaster bombers part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at RAF Coningsby.[6]

    Operational history

    Lancaster returning from a deployment in the Persian Gulf

    Lancaster has been involved in anti-drug operations in the Caribbean, but also delivered Vice Admiral Adrian Johns in 2009 to his new post as Governor of Gibraltar. In February 2010 Lancaster was deployed in waters off the Horn of Africa as part of Combined Task Force 150, tackling piracy, drug-running, people trafficking, arms smuggling, and other criminal and terrorist threats.[7][8]

    In September 2010 Lancaster began a major refit at Portsmouth; she will return to sea in early 2012 but is not due on active service until Spring 2013.[3] The £17.9m contract covers upgrades to communications, the Sea Wolf and command systems,[9] the installation of a 30mm remote-operated gun[9] and a transom flap.[10] Both shafts were replaced, four refurbished diesel generators installed and new paint applied to the hull.[10] The accommodation, galley and dining halls were all refurbished at the same time.[11] Half the crew returned to the ship in October 2011, under the command of Lt Cdr Charlie Guy until Cdr Steve Moorhouse takes over in November 2011.[3] Although the top speed of the Duke class is commonly quoted as 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph), the caption of an official Navy photo suggests that Lancaster was capable of 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph) even before her mid-life refit;[12] the transom flap can add up to 1 knot (1.9 km/h; 1.2 mph) to the top speed of a Type 23,[13] and the Intersleek anti-fouling paint added 2 knots (3.7 km/h; 2.3 mph) to the top speed of Ark Royal.[14]

    In July to August 2013, she is on a counter-narcotics mission in the Caribbean, seizing a massive 680 kg stash of cocaine with an estimated street value of £100 million after sailors boarded a speedboat near Puerto Rico.[15][16]



    2. "Lancaster Ship’s Company return ‘Home’". Royal Navy. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
    3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Lancaster once again echoes with life". 14 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
    4. Jane's Fighting Ships 1999-2000
    6. The other airworthy Lancaster flies out of Hamilton Airport, Ontario, Canada.
    9. 9.0 9.1 "BAE Systems undertakes refit of Royal Navy's HMS Lancaster". 31 March 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
    10. 10.0 10.1 "Lancaster Returns To The Water As Refit Gathers Pace". Royal Navy. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
    11. "Lancaster Ship’s Company return ‘Home’". Royal Navy. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
    12. image 45139105.jpg (taken 12 September 1999) is captioned "DUKE CLASS TYPE 23 FRIGATE F229 HMS LANCASTER STEAMING AT 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)."
    13. "A Forth for good". p. 6. 
    14. "The Royal Navy's Fleet". Royal Navy. 2010. p. 52. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 

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