HMS Sutherland (F81)
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HMS Sutherland at Dartmouth, September 2007
|Laid down:||14 October 1993|
|Launched:||9 March 1996|
|Sponsored by:||Lady Christina Walmsley|
|Commissioned:||4 July 1997|
|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 (52 km/h; 32 mph), HMS Sutherland achieved 34.4 knots (63.7 km/h; 39.6 mph) during high-speed trials (November 2008)|
|Range:||14,485 kilometres (9,001 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Aircraft carried:||1×Lynx HMA8, armed with;
1×Westland Merlin HM1, armed with;
HMS Sutherland is a Type 23 frigate of the British Royal Navy. She is the thirteenth ship in the Duke class of frigates and is the third ship to bear the name, more than 200 years since the name was last used.
She was launched in 1996 by Lady Christina Walmsley, wife of Sir Robert Walmsley KCB. Before this occasion, Royal Navy ships had always been launched with a bottle of champagne, but Lady Walmsley broke with tradition and used a bottle of Macallan Whiskey.
 Operational history
She was deployed to the Falkland Islands in the winter 1998/1999. In 2000, she was part of the task force NTG2000, the first time Royal Navy ships have circumnavigated the globe since 1986. In December 2007, major upgrades worth ₤35 million were announced making Sutherland the "most powerful frigate in the fleet".[dead link] The upgrades included Sonar 2087, an upgrade to Seawolf, an improvement to the 4.5 inch gun to allow it to fire long-range ammunition, and a reshaped stern to cut fuel use.
She was due to be given the freedom of the county of Sutherland but had her visit cut short, with "operational commitments" as the given reason. This was eventually revealed as her deployment as part of the UK Response Force Task Group's (RFTG) first deployment, named COUGAR' 11.
- The Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland
- County of Sutherland
- Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Livery
- Sherborne School, CCF
- Clifton College, Bristol CCF's
- TS Grenville, Paisley (Sea Cadets)
- TS Duchess, Biggleswade (Sea Cadets)
- The Royal Dornoch Golf Club
- "Type 23 Frigates". Royal Navy. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- "Background on HMS Sutherland: Ship's Life Began with a Wee Dram", Navy News
- HMS Sutherland gets upgrade, The Engineer Online, 7 December 2007.
- BBC News Highlands and Islands, HMS Sutherland's visit cut for operational reasons, 24 March 2011, accessed 8 April 2011
- www.royal-navy.mod.uk Royal Navy Ships Deploy as part of New Amphibious Task Group, accessed 8 April 2011
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- "Ministry of Defence | Defence News | Military Operations | HMS Sutherland begins boarding operations off Libya". Mod.uk. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- "Royal Navy fighting clan returns from Libya for Capital Engagement". Royalnavy.mod.uk. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
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