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HMS Westminster moored alongside HMS Belfast
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Westminster (F237)
Operator: Royal Navy
Ordered: December 1989
Builder: Swan Hunter
Laid down: 18 January 1991
Launched: 4 February 1992
Commissioned: 13 May 1994
Motto: For Nation and for Glory
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
Armament: 2 × ASuW Harpoon quad launchers
Vertical launch system Sea Wolf missiles
1 × BAE 4.5 inch (110 mm) Mk 8 gun
2 × Oerlikon 30 mm guns
4 × Sting Ray torpedo tubes
Seagnat and DFL3 decoy launchers
Aircraft carried: 1 × Merlin MH1 helicopter

HMS Westminster (F237) is a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, and the second ship to bear the name. She was launched on 4 February 1992.

HMS Westminster was used for the interior shots in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies in three different roles - as HMS Chester, HMS Devonshire and HMS Bedford. For the exterior shots a model was constructed.

In 2004, HMS Westminster was assigned one of the Royal Navy's first Merlin helicopters.[1] Also in 2004, the ship was the first to be fitted with new state-of-the-art sonar technology designed to detect the most advanced submarines. The technology is controversial as its effects on marine wildlife remain unclear.[2]

In December 2005, the ship's company of HMS Westminster were all granted Freedom of the City of London. 200 naval officers in full ceremonial uniform paraded through the streets of London from Westminster Abbey to Horse Guards as part of the celebration service. HMS Westminster was chosen as a very rare recognition of her contributions to Westminster schools, local charities and the community as a whole. The honour entitles the crew the freedom to "parade through the City on all ceremonial occasions in full panoply and with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed".[3]

She was deployed to Burma in May 2008 to spearhead the British relief effort after Cyclone Nargis devastated the country, but later had to withdraw after the junta refused to grant permission for aid to be landed.[1]




  1. ^ BBC NEWS | England | Cornwall | Last Merlin squadron commissioned
  2. ^ BBC NEWS | Scotland | New sonar protection for warships
  3. ^ HMS Westminster crew granted Freedom of the City

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