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HMS Portland (F79)
HMS Portland in Bab-el-Mandeb Straits MOD 45149710.jpg
HMS Portland transiting the Bab-el-Mandeb straits in 2008
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Portland
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: February 1996
Builder: Marconi Marine, Clyde
Laid down: 14 January 1998
Launched: 15 May 1999
Sponsored by: Lady Heather Brigstocke
Commissioned: 3 May 2001
Homeport: HMNB Devonport, Plymouth
Motto: Craignez Honte
"Fear Dishonour"
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: File:Portland ax.gif
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
Range: 14,485 km (9,000 miles) at 15 knots
Complement: 185
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sonar 2087, Type 996 radar
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 Portland is a Type 23 frigate of the British Royal Navy. She is the eighth ship to bear the name and is the fifteenth and penultimate ship of the 'Duke' class of frigates.

    Operational history

    The ship was accepted into service by the Royal Navy on 15 December 2000 and was commissioned on 3 May the following year. Present at the commissioning ceremony was Portland's sponsor Lady Brigstocke, wife of Admiral Sir John Brigstocke, a former Second Sea Lord. Lady Brigstocke launched the ship in 1999.[2]

    Portland in Plymouth Naval Base, 2010

    During sea trials Portland attained a top speed of 30.8 knots (57.0 km/h), the fastest speed attained by any Type 23 frigate at that time.[3]

    Portland assisted in the search for men lost from a capsized yacht on 3 February 2007.[4]

    She was deployed to the Caribbean for seven months in 2007, intercepting 3.5 tonnes of cocaine in cooperation with a United States Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and conducting disaster relief in Belize following Hurricane Dean.[5]

    In April 2008, Portland visited Liverpool with HMS Mersey and berthed at the cruise liner terminal at Princes Dock.[6]

    In June 2009 while taking part in anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa, Portland intercepted ten pirates. However, as they were not caught in the immediate act of piracy the vessel was unable legally to detain them.[7]

    In late April 2010, Portland relieved HMS York on the Atlantic Patrol Task (South).[8]

    June 2011 saw Portland conducting night Naval Gunnery practice off Gibraltar in the Mediterranean. Towards the end of the month she sailed to Edinburgh to take part in Armed Forces Day.[9] She is the first major warship in the Royal Navy to be commanded by a woman; Commander Sarah West assumed command of HMS Portland on 21 May 2012.[10] Portland spent 2012 at Rosyth in a 50-week refit that saw her upgraded with Sonar 2087, new IT systems, Sea Wolf mid-life overhaul, gun replacements, galley refurbishment and accommodation improvements. She left Rosyth on 14 December 2012 for three months of sea trials.[11][12]

    In August 2013, she was announced as the Fleet Ready Escort for the next two months.[13] She is due to participate in Exercise Joint Warrior 2013.[14]



    2.[dead link]
    4. "Man killed when vessel capsizes". BBC News. 3 February 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2007. 
    5. "HMS Portland in dramatic Atlantic drugs bust". Minstry of Defense. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
    6. "HMS Portland and HMS Mersey to visit Liverpool". Shipping Times. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
    7. "British Navy stops pirate action". BBC. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
    8. "HMS Portland is off to patrol the Falkland Island seas". this is plymouth. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
    10. "First woman to command a major Navy warship takes up post". Ministry of Defence(UK). 22 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
    11. "HMS Portland leaves Rosyth yard ship shape after £27 million refit". Royal Navy. 14 December 2012. 
    12. "Final Royal Navy Frigate Gets Sonar Upgrade". April 12, 2013. 

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