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HMS Portland (F79)
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Portland (F79)
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 2010
General characteristics
Class and 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)
15 knots (28 km/h) on diesel-electric
Range: 7,800 nautical miles (14,400 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
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 Portland (F79) is a Type 23 frigate of the British Royal Navy. She is the eighth ship to bear the name and is the fifteenth ship in the Duke class of frigates.

Her current commanding officer is Commander T M Henry RN, who took command in Aug 2008.


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 HMS Portland's sponsor Lady Brigstoke, wife of Admiral Sir John Brigstoke, a former Second Sea Lord.[1]

HMS Portland assisted in the search for men lost due to a capsized yacht on 3 February 2007.[2]

She deployed to the Caribbean for 7 months in 2007, intercepting 3.5 tonnes of coccaine and conducting disaster relief in Belize following Hurricane Dean.

In April 2008, Portland visited Liverpool with HMS Mersey and berthed at the cruise liner terminal at Princes Dock[3].

She has recently returned from anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean pirate zones.[4]





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