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Type 23  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1990
Total Production: 16
Also Known As: Almirante Cochrane, Duke and T23
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: BAE Systems
Parent System: Type 23
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1990
Total Production: 16
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Description: The Duke-class frigates have been designed to operate anywhere in the world. The 16 vessels of this class are the mainstay of the British surface combatant fleet with approximately 50% of the current inventory. Its primary mission is the anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare employing the proven Harpoon missile.

The Type 23 class frigates feature stealth design with reduced radar cross section. They can perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW), embargo operations, disaster relief, and surveillance missions. They are armed with VLS Sea Wolf missiles for self-defense against airborne threats such as aircraft and anti-ship missiles, a 114mm MK 8 naval gun, 8 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, two Mk 44 30mm close-in weapons, torpedo tubes and one Lynx or Merlin helicopter.

The Royal Navy ordered 16 Type 23 frigates with the last delivery due in 2002. The Type 23 class frigates will remain in the Royal Navy well into the 21st century.

On 27 January 2005, HMS Westminster re-joined the Royal Navy's fleet after a 12-month refit which provided sonar 2087, SSTD advanced anti-torpedo defense, new infrastructure to operate EH101 Merlin helicopter and a new computerized navigation system. Sonar 2087 will enable Westminster to effectively detect stealth underwater threats such as submarines and mini-submarines.

On 7 September 2005, the government of the United Kingdom and Chile signed an agreement valued at £135 million for the purchase of three ex-Royal Navy Type 23 frigates for the Chilean Navy. The three ships involved in this deal were: HMS Norfolk, Marlborough and Grafton. The Chilean Navy was expected to take delivery of these three ships by the end of 2008.

Type 23 Specifications

Crew: 185
Number of Weapons: 40
Beam: 16.1 meter (53 foot)
Length: 133 meter (436 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 114 millimeter
Max Range: 12,500 kilometer (6,749 nautical mile)
Total Combined Power: 34,000 shp (25.4 MW)
Cruise Speed: 7.80 mps (15.2 knot)
Top Speed: 14.4 mps (28.0 knot)
Full Displacement: 4,500 ton
Standard Displacement: 3,500 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Type 23 News

There are 39 news between
5 Feb 2003 and 24 May 2018
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Thursday, May 24, 2018UK Sea Ceptor Air Defense System Enters Service with Type 23 Frigate
Wednesday, December 20, 2017Royal Navy Completes Sea Ceptor Firing Trials
Monday, September 4, 2017Royal Navy Successfully Completes First Test Firing of Sea Ceptor Surface-to-Air Missile System
Wednesday, January 11, 2017Artisan 3D Radar System Passes Sea-based Acceptance Trials
Tuesday, July 5, 2016FMS: Chile Requests 33 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles for its Type 23 Frigates
Thursday, August 6, 2015Royal Navy Type 23 Class Frigates to Receive MTU Diesel Generators
Monday, June 23, 2014ScanEagle mini-UAV Enters Service with Royal Navy
Monday, February 10, 2014Thales Secures New Support Contract for Sonar 2050 System
Wednesday, September 11, 2013BAE Systems Awards First Equipment Design Contracts for Type 26 Warships
Tuesday, September 10, 2013Royal Navy Awards MBDA Contract for Sea Ceptor Air Defense System

Operators & Related Equipment

United Kingdom16

Grand Total 192
Cannons & Gear
Mk 44x2
Defensive Weapons
Seawolf Block 2
Seawolf VLx32
Sting Ray
Offensive Weapons
RGM-84D Harpoonx8
Protection Systems
Sea Ceptorx1
Sea Sentor
Sensor Systems
Sonar 2050x1
Sonar 2087
Type 996x1
Support Aircraft
EH101 Merlinx1
Super Lynxx1

Type 23 Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
F05 Almirante Cochrane-22 Nov 2006-
F230 HMS Norfolk -22 Nov 1990-
F06 Almirante Condell-28 May 2008-
F233 HMS Marlborough -28 May 1991-
F07 Almirante Lynch-Jun 2008-
F80 HMS Grafton -Jun 1997-
F229 HMS Lancaster-19922016
F231 HMS Argyll-19912016
F234 HMS Iron Duke-1993-
F235 HMS Monmouth-1993-
F236 HMS Montrose-1994-
F237 HMS Westminster-1994-
F238 HMS Northumberland-1995-
F239 HMS Richmond-1995-
F81 HMS Sutherland-1997-
F82 HMS Somerset-1996-
F78 HMS Kent-2000-
F79 HMS Portland-2001-
F83 HMS St. Albans-2002-

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