HMS Portland (F79)
HMS Portland with an Iraqi tanker that has just been boarded during Operation Enduring Freedom
|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|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Class & type:||Type 23 Frigate|
|Displacement:||4,900 tonnes, standard|
|Length:||133 m (436 ft 4 in)|
|Beam:||16.1 m (52 ft 10 in)|
|Draught:||7.3 m (23 ft 9 in)|
|Propulsion:||CODLAG with four 1510 kW (2,025 shp) Paxman Valenta 12CM diesel generators powering two GEC electric motors delivering 2980kW (4000 shp) and two Rolls-Royce Spey SM1A delivering 23,190 kW (31,100 shp) to two shafts|
|Speed:||28 knots, HMS Sutherland achieved 34.4 knots during high-speed trials (November 2008)|
|Range:||14,485 km (9,000 miles) at 15 knots|
|Sonar 2087, Type 996 radar|
|Aircraft carried:||1×Lynx HMA8, armed with;
1×Westland Merlin HM1, armed with;
 Operational history
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 Portland's sponsor Lady Brigstoke, wife of Admiral Sir John Brigstoke, a former Second Sea Lord, who had also launched the ship in 1999.
During sea trials Portland attained a top speed of 30.8 knots (57.0 km/h), the fastest speed attained by any Type 23 frigate at that time.
She was deployed to the Caribbean for seven months in 2007, intercepting 3.5 tonnes of cocaine in cooperation with a United States Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and conducting disaster relief in Belize following Hurricane Dean.
In June 2009 while taking part in anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa, Portland intercepted ten pirates. However, as they were not caught in the immediate act of piracy the vessel was unable legally to detain them.
In late April 2010, Portland relieved HMS York on the Atlantic Patrol Task (South).
June 2011 saw Portland conducting night Naval Gunnery practice off Gibraltar in the Mediterranean. Towards the end of the month she sailed to Edinburgh to take part in Armed Forces Day. She is the first major warship in the Royal Navy to be commanded by a woman; Lieutenant-Commander Sarah West assumed command of HMS Portland on 21 May 2012. Portland spent 2012 at Rosyth in a 50-week refit that saw her upgraded with Sonar 2087, new IT systems, Sea Wolf mid-life overhaul, gun replacements, galley refurbishment and accommodation improvements. She left Rosyth on 14 December 2012 for three months of sea trials.
- http://www.btinternet.com/~warship/News/3may012.htm[dead link]
- "Man killed when vessel capsizes". BBC News. 3 February 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2007.
- "HMS Portland in dramatic Atlantic drugs bust". Minstry of Defense. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "HMS Portland and HMS Mersey to visit Liverpool". Shipping Times. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2008.
- "British Navy stops pirate action". BBC. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
- "HMS Portland is off to patrol the Falkland Island seas". this is plymouth. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
- "First woman to command a major Navy warship takes up post" (Press release). Ministry of Defence(UK). 22 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
- "HMS Portland leaves Rosyth yard ship shape after £27 million refit". Royal Navy. 14 December 2012.
- "Final Royal Navy Frigate Gets Sonar Upgrade". April 12, 2013.
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