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Frigate Collection

The frigate, a formidable warship known for its agility and versatility, has long been an integral part of naval operations

Background imageFrigate Collection: Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll
Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll is pictured at the end of Exercise Goalkeeper in the Middle East. Based in Plymouth, HMS Argyll is the longest-serving Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy

Background imageFrigate Collection: Type 23 frigate HMS KENT at Sea, south of the Isle of Wight

Type 23 frigate HMS KENT at Sea, south of the Isle of Wight
Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate HMS KENT at Sea, south of the Isle of Wight. HMS Kent is one of the newest of the Type 23 frigates within the Royal Navy arsenal

Background imageFrigate Collection: Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Sutherland with a Merlin Helicopter Overhead

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Sutherland with a Merlin Helicopter Overhead
A Merlin helicopter flies over Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Sutherland during a Maritime Combat Power Visit (MCPV) in the Solent

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Minerva at Stanley harbour

HMS Minerva at Stanley harbour
HMS Minerva (F45), a Leander-class Frigate of the Royal Navy, at Stanley harbour in 1984, at anchor for crew R&R in the Falkland Islands. Date: 1984

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Sutherland monitors Russian warship as it sails through UK waters

HMS Sutherland monitors Russian warship as it sails through UK waters
Pictured is HMS Sutherland, seen here in the foreground, escorting the Russian Yaroslav Mudry, seen in the background. The Yaroslav Mudry is a Neustrashimy-class frigate

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Montrose

HMS Montrose
Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose is pictured at speed in the Mediterranean Sea during Exercise Cougar 12. The Duke Class ship is taking part in Cougar

Background imageFrigate Collection: Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Kent

Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Kent. Built by BAe Systems (formerly Yarrow Shipbuilders) at Scotstoun on the River Clyde, the current HMS Kent is the twelfth ship to bear the name

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Montrose, a Type 23 Frigate, performed a series of tight turns, during Marstrike 05

HMS Montrose, a Type 23 Frigate, performed a series of tight turns, during Marstrike 05. The long-planned series of exercises, entitled Marstrike 05

Background imageFrigate Collection: The Speedy and El Gamo, c1802. Artist: Nicholas Pocock

The Speedy and El Gamo, c1802. Artist: Nicholas Pocock
The Speedy and El Gamo, c1802. Commanded by Lord Cochrane (1775-1860), the British brig HMS Speedy captured the much larger Spanish frigate Gamo off Barcelona on 6 May 1801

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Cornwalls Lynx Helicopter Flies Over HMS Cumberland in the Indian Ocean

HMS Cornwalls Lynx Helicopter Flies Over HMS Cumberland in the Indian Ocean
HMS Cumberland cuts through the Indian Ocean as sister ship HMS Cornwalls Lynx helicopetr flies across her bow. The two Type 22 frigates met in the Indian Ocean before going their separate ways

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Richmond

HMS Richmond
Image of HMS Richmond, a Type 23 frigate. HMS Richmond is the seventh Royal Navy ship to proudly bear the name and enjoys strong links to several affiliations in both Richmond upon Thames

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Northumberland

HMS Northumberland
Royal Navy Type 23 Duke class frigate HMS Northumberland is pictured prior to her port visit into Dar Es Salam, Tanzania on the 28th of December 2012

Background imageFrigate Collection: Norway. Horten. 19th century

Norway. Horten. 19th century. View of the city with the port and arsenal of the state with the Spanish frigate Blanca entering in the drydock

Background imageFrigate Collection: The Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth transits the Atlantic Ocean

The Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth transits the Atlantic Ocean
October 11, 2010 - The Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth (F-235) transits the Atlantic Ocean during Exercise Joint Warrior. Joint Warrior is a multinational exercise designed to improve

Background imageFrigate Collection: EVNT2A-00079

EVNT2A-00079
USS " Constitution" being towed by the crew in rowboats away from the becalmed British Navy, War of 1812 Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageFrigate Collection: Crew of the USS Constitution in battle, War of 1812

Crew of the USS Constitution in battle, War of 1812
Deck of the US frigate " Constitution" engaging in battle with British " Guerriere, " War of 1812. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Monmouth

HMS Monmouth
Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth is pictured on operation in the Gulf during December 2009

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Cornwall

HMS Cornwall is pictured sailing through some rough water in the Gulf of Aden. The Royal Navy Type 22 frigate was conducting counter piracy operations in the area at the time

Background imageFrigate Collection: EH Industries (later AgustaWestland) EH101 PP5, ZF649, t?

EH Industries (later AgustaWestland) EH101 PP5, ZF649, t?
EH Industries (later AgustaWestland) EH101 PP5, ZF649, the fifth of nine pre-production helicopters, on HMS Iron Duke (F234), a Type 23 frigate

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Helmsdale, North Atlantic, 1944

HMS Helmsdale, North Atlantic, 1944
Painting showing HMS Helmsdale, a River class Frigate of the Royal Navy, on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic, 1944

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Cornwall

HMS Cornwall
Type 22 Frigate HMS Cornwall is silhouetted against a strong Mediterannean sun, during her service as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2)

Background imageFrigate Collection: French frigate, 1700s

French frigate, 1700s
Armed French frigate of the 18th century. Hand-colored woodcut of an illustration

Background imageFrigate Collection: Rigging of the sailing ships, wood engravings, published in 1897

Rigging of the sailing ships, wood engravings, published in 1897
Rigging of the sailing ships: 1) Completely rigged mainmast of a warship; 2) Cutter boat; 3) Schooner bark; 4) Schooner; 5) Brig; 6) Barque; 7) Frigate, or full-rigged ship; 9) Yawl

Background imageFrigate Collection: Royal Navy Frigate Escorts Russian Ship through English Channel

Royal Navy Frigate Escorts Russian Ship through English Channel
Image shows Royal Navy Frigate HMS St Albans (F83) in the background with the Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudry (777) in the foreground, with the UK coastline in the distance

Background imageFrigate Collection: Royal Navy Type 22 Frigate HMS Cumberland

Royal Navy Type 22 Frigate HMS Cumberland
Royal Navy Type 22 frigate HMS Cumberland is pictured in the Middle East during a patrol. Earlier the vessel had been practicing maneuvering with the Saudi Arabian warship HMS Al Riyadh

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Somerset

HMS Somerset
Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Somerset is pictured on operations in the Arabian Gulf. HMS Somerset is deployed to the area for 6 months, to participate in Operation TELIC and specifically

Background imageFrigate Collection: USS Constitution, Old Ironsides, US frigate

USS Constitution, Old Ironsides, US frigate
The USS Constitution, nicknamed Old Ironsides, a wooden hulled, three masted heavy frigate of the US Navy, launched in 1797

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Monmouth with HMS Trenchant

HMS Monmouth with HMS Trenchant
Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth is pictured in the Middle East on operations with submarine HMS Trenchant astern of her, and the ships Lynx helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron close by

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Argyll

HMS Argyll
Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll. The 3rd Royal Navy ship to bear the name, she is also the 3rd of the Royal Navys Duke class frigates and was commissioned on 30 May 1991

Background imageFrigate Collection: Christmas Island Frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi)

Christmas Island Frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi)
One of many, extremely tame frigatebirds that inhabit tropical Christmas Island, a small landmass placed in the far east Indian Ocean

Background imageFrigate Collection: EVNT2A-00086

EVNT2A-00086
USS frigate " Chesapeake" engaging the British ship " Shannon, " War of 1812. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageFrigate Collection: Sullivans Island bombarded by the British, 1776

Sullivans Island bombarded by the British, 1776
American defense of Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island, Charleston SC, 1776. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century F.C. Yohn illustration

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Implacable at Devonport, 1926

HMS Implacable at Devonport, 1926
Photograph showing a stern view of the frigate HMS Implacable in dry dock at Devonport, 1926. Implacable was one of the ships captured by the Royal Navy at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

Background imageFrigate Collection: Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Northumberland

Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Northumberland
HMS Northumberland is pictured during Exercise Khunjar-Hadd with the Omani Navy in the Middle East

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Campbeltown silhouetted at sea enroute to Gibraltar in 2007

HMS Campbeltown silhouetted at sea enroute to Gibraltar in 2007
A backlit HMS Campbeltown sails south towards Gibraltar for the first stop on her 7 month deployment to the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf

Background imageFrigate Collection: An old sailing ship navigating the ocean

An old sailing ship navigating the ocean

Background imageFrigate Collection: USNS Alan Shepard and USNS Joshua Humphreys are underway in the Gulf of Aden

USNS Alan Shepard and USNS Joshua Humphreys are underway in the Gulf of Aden
Gulf of Aden, April 27, 2011 - The Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3), left

Background imageFrigate Collection: LEZO, Blas de (1687-1741). Spanish sailor. Capture

LEZO, Blas de (1687-1741). Spanish sailor. Capture
" LEZO, Blas de (1687-1741). Spanish sailor. Capture of the English frigate " Stanhope" by Don Blas de Lezo. Engraving. SPAIN. Madrid. Navy Museum."

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Westminster at Gibraltar

HMS Westminster at Gibraltar
The Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster loads up with supplies at Her Majestys Naval Base, Gibraltar on the morning of the 2nd of March 2011 prior to sailing to the eastern Med to replace HMS York

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Somerset strengthens her links with London

HMS Somerset strengthens her links with London
The Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Somerset arrived in the Pool of London on Wednesday 15th March to berth alongside HMS Belfast for a four-day visit

Background imageFrigate Collection: USS CONSTELLATION, 1799. The American frigate USS Constellation bearing down

USS CONSTELLATION, 1799. The American frigate USS Constellation bearing down on the French frigate L Insurgente. Aquatint by Edward Savage, 1799

Background imageFrigate Collection: Magnificent frigate (Fregata magnificens) Ecuador

Magnificent frigate (Fregata magnificens) Ecuador

Background imageFrigate Collection: France-Nuclear Testing-Rainbow Warrior

France-Nuclear Testing-Rainbow Warrior
The French frigate " Vandemaire" (foreground) shadows " Rainbow Warrior" (R) and " Greenpeace" (L), two ships of the environmental pressure group Greenpeace

Background imageFrigate Collection: The Cruel Sea (1953)

The Cruel Sea (1953)
The fictional frigate HMS Saltash Castle used in the film on location in Portland

Background imageFrigate Collection: EVCW2A-00045

EVCW2A-00045
Frigate " Merrimac" before and after conversion into an iron-clad Confederate warship. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageFrigate Collection: Monitor / Merrimac / Card

Monitor / Merrimac / Card
The Battle of Hampton Roads. The Confederates armoured frigate Merrimac destroyed many Federal vessels, but retreated following action with Monitor, a turret ship

Background imageFrigate Collection: The Naval Battle of Navarino on 20 October 1827. Artist: Reinagle, George Philip (1802-1835)

The Naval Battle of Navarino on 20 October 1827. Artist: Reinagle, George Philip (1802-1835)
The Naval Battle of Navarino on 20 October 1827. Private Collection

Background imageFrigate Collection: HMS Eurydice, Portsmouth Harbour, 1878

HMS Eurydice, Portsmouth Harbour, 1878
Engraving showing HMS Eurydice in Portsmouth Harbour, shortly before her last voyage, 1878. Launched in 1843 as a 21-gun frigate, by 1878 Eurydice was being used as a training ship



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The frigate, a formidable warship known for its agility and versatility, has long been an integral part of naval operations. From the historic battles fought by ships like HMS Montrose during Marstrike 05 to the modern-day surveillance missions carried out by vessels such as Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Sutherland, these mighty ships have proved their worth time and again. With a Merlin Helicopter overhead, HMS Sutherland showcases the seamless coordination between air and sea forces. Meanwhile, at Stanley harbour, HMS Minerva stands tall as a symbol of naval power and protection. Further south of the Isle of Wight, Type 23 frigate HMS KENT sails confidently through the open seas. One cannot overlook the significance of Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll in maintaining maritime security. Its presence ensures that international waters remain safe from potential threats like Russian warships sailing through UK waters - a responsibility not taken lightly. Looking back in time reveals how frigates have evolved over centuries. The Speedy and El Gamo depicted in Nicholas Pocock's artwork represent early examples from c1802 when speed was crucial on the high seas. Similarly, Hms Lancaster's commanding presence at sea demonstrates how these vessels continue to adapt to changing times. Even beyond British shores, frigates played vital roles worldwide. In Norway during the 19th century, they safeguarded territorial waters around Horten with unwavering dedication. And across vast oceans like the Atlantic Ocean, ships like The Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth ensured secure transits for both military personnel and cargo alike. Finally harking back to history's annals is EVNT2A-00079 capturing crew members aboard USS Constitution battling fiercely during War of 1812 - showcasing bravery amidst chaos. In all their incarnations throughout history and across various nations' navies, frigates stand as symbols of strength and resilience on our vast oceans.