HMS Marlborough (F233)
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HMS Marlborough in Portsmouth Harbour, 2005
|Builder:||Swan Hunter, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom|
|Laid down:||27 October 1987|
|Launched:||21 January 1989|
|Commissioned:||14 June 1991|
|Decommissioned:||8 July 2005|
|Motto:||S'en Vat'en Guerre
"He Goes to War"
|Fate:||Sold to Chile|
|Class & type:||'Duke' Class Type 23 frigate|
|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; 32 mph)
15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) on diesel-electric
|Range:||7,800 nautical miles (14,400 km; 9,000 mi) at 15 knots|
|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 × Lynx HMA8|
Marlborough was the first naval ship on the scene to assist the stricken USS Cole after she was attacked in Aden, Yemen in October 2000. Marlborough, under the command of Captain Anthony Rix, was on passage to the UK after a six-month deployment in the Gulf and had a full medical detachment on board; when her offer of assistance was accepted she immediately diverted to Aden.
Marlborough played a key role in the second Gulf War, under the command of Captain Mark Anderson.
In July 2004, it was announced that Marlborough would be one of three Type 23 ships to be decommissioned by the end of 2006.
In October 2004 Marlborough again came to the aid of a stricken ally when she was dispatched to assist HMCS Chicoutimi, adrift off the northwest Irish coast and arrived at the scene where RFA Wave Knight and Marlborough's sister-ship Montrose were present. Montrose had been the first ship to make contact with the boat. Other ships were also dispatched, including RFA Argus.
The 2003 defence cuts committed Marlborough to pay off by March 2006. In June 2005, it was announced that Marlborough would be sold to the Chilean Navy. The Chilean Navy officially welcomed their new Almirante Condell into the fleet at a Commissioning Ceremony on 28 May 2008. The vessel was the last of three former Royal Navy Type-23 frigates to be handed over to Chile, under a £134 million pound sales agreement arranged by the MOD’s Disposal Services Authority and signed in September 2005. She joins her sister ships in the Chilean Navy, the former HMS Norfolk and former HMS Grafton, handed over in November 2006 and March 2007 respectively.
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