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HMS Portland Launched


HMS Portland, the eighth ship to bear a name which has seen distinguished service with the Royal Navy since 1653, is the latest Type 23 Frigates to be launched. The ceremony took place on Saturday May 15th, at Marconi Marine's Yarrow Shipyard, Scotstoun, Glasgow.
HMS PORTLAND the fifteenth of its type to enter service with the Royal Navy, is a general purpose frigate with a primary role to provide an anti-submarine warfare capability. She will carry a complement of 200 and will be armed with Harpoon surface-to-surface missiles, Sting Ray anti-submarine torpedoes and a 4.5 inch gun, together with a Vertical Launch Sea Wolf point defence missile system. She can carry a large anti-submarine helicopter and the new MERLIN will fulfill this role in the early part of the next century.
A total of 16 Type 23 frigates have been ordered for the Royal Navy, of which 13 have been accepted from the shipbuilders. A further three, including HMS PORTLAND, are yet to enter service.
HMS KENT, which was launched on 27 May 1998, is under-going sea trials and HMS ST ALBANS is due to be launched in May 2000. This final batch of three Type 23s was ordered in February 1996 for acceptance around the turn of the century.
More information: Defence Systems Daily


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