List of active Royal Navy ships

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The Royal Navy is the principal naval warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. As of 28 August 2014, there are 77 commissioned ships in the Royal Navy. 19 of the commissioned vessels are major surface combatants (six guided missile destroyers and 13 frigates) and 10 are nuclear-powered submarines (four ballistic missile submarines and six fleet submarines). In addition the Navy possesses an amphibious assault ship, two amphibious transport docks, 15 mine countermeasures vessels, 22 patrol vessels, four survey vessels, two icebreakers and two historic warships (Victory and Bristol). The total displacement of the Royal Navy is approximately 336,000 tonnes (797,000 tonnes including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Marines).

Besides the Royal Navy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Royal Marines operate their own fleets of naval vessels which complement the assets of the Royal Navy, however they are not included in this list or the above figures. In addition, naval training vessels can be found based at various Royal Navy shore establishments. As a supporting contingent of Her Majesty's Naval Service, the civilian Marine Services operate a large number of auxiliary ships (including coastal logistics, tugs and research vessels) in support of Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary operations.[1]

All ships and submarines currently in commission with the Royal Navy were built in the United Kingdom, with the exception of icebreakers Endurance and Protector which were built in Norway. All vessels of the Royal Navy bear the ship prefix "HMS" - Her Majesty's Ship - with the exception of Gleaner which bears the prefix "HMSML" - Her Majesty's Survey Motor Launch.

For a list of ships no longer in service with the Royal Navy see List of ship names of the Royal Navy.

Submarine service[edit]

Further information: Royal Navy Submarine Service

Submarines[edit]

Class Picture Type Boats Commissioned Displacement[N 1] Note
Submarines (10 in Service)
Astute-class HMS Astute (S119) Fleet submarine (SSN) HMS Astute (S119)
HMS Ambush (S120)
2010
2013
7,400 tonnes Five more to be commissioned.
Trafalgar-class HMS Turbulent (S87) Fleet submarine (SSN) HMS Torbay (S90)
HMS Trenchant (S91)
HMS Talent (S92)
HMS Triumph (S93)
1987
1989
1990
1991
5,300 tonnes Gradually being replaced by the Astute-class submarines.
Vanguard-class HMS Vanguard (S28) Ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) HMS Vanguard (S28)
HMS Victorious (S29)
HMS Vigilant (S30)
HMS Vengeance (S31)
1993
1995
1996
1999
15,900 tonnes A Trident replacement programme is in its early stages, with 'Main Gate' decisions to be made in 2016.

All submarines of the Royal Navy are nuclear-powered.

Surface fleet[edit]

Further information: Royal Navy surface fleet

Amphibious warfare ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Amphibious warfare ships (3 in Service)
Albion-class HMS Albion (L14) Amphibious transport dock (LPD) HMS Albion (L14)
HMS Bulwark (L15)
2003
2004
19,560 tonnes Albion is in extended readiness,[2] while Bulwark is the current Fleet Flagship.[3]
Ocean HMS Ocean (L12) Amphibious assault ship (LPH) HMS Ocean (L12) 1998 21,500 tonnes

In addition to the above vessels, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary possess three Bay-class dock landing ships (LSD).

Destroyers and frigates[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Destroyers and frigates (19 in Service)
Type 45 or Daring-class HMS Daring (D32) Guided missile destroyer HMS Daring (D32)
HMS Dauntless (D33)
HMS Diamond (D34)
HMS Dragon (D35)
HMS Defender (D36)
HMS Duncan (D37)
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2013
8,500 tonnes[4][5]
Type 23 or Duke-class HMS Iron Duke (F234) Frigate HMS Argyll (F231)
HMS Lancaster (F229)
HMS Iron Duke (F234)
HMS Monmouth (F235)
HMS Montrose (F236)
HMS Westminster (F237)
HMS Northumberland (F238)
HMS Richmond (F239)
HMS Somerset (F82)
HMS Sutherland (F81)
HMS Kent (F78)
HMS Portland (F79)
HMS St Albans (F83)
1991
1992
1993
1993
1994
1994
1994
1995
1996
1997
2000
2001
2002
4,900 tonnes To be gradually replaced by the Global Combat Ship starting 2020.

Mine countermeasure vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Mine countermeasure vessels (15 in Service)
Hunt-class HMS Atherstone (M38) Minehunter HMS Ledbury (M30)
HMS Cattistock (M31)
HMS Brocklesby (M33)
HMS Middleton (M34)
HMS Chiddingfold (M37)
HMS Atherstone (M38)
HMS Hurworth (M39)
HMS Quorn (M41)
1981
1982
1983
1984
1984
1987
1985
1989
750 tonnes
Sandown-class HMS Ramsey (M110) Minehunter HMS Penzance (M106)
HMS Pembroke (M107)
HMS Grimsby (M108)
HMS Bangor (M109)
HMS Ramsey (M110)
HMS Blyth (M111)
HMS Shoreham (M112)
1998
1998
1999
2000
2000
2001
2001
600 tonnes

Patrol vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Patrol vessels (22 in Service)
River-class HMS Severn (P282) Offshore patrol vessel HMS Mersey (P283)
HMS Severn (P282)
HMS Tyne (P281)
HMS Clyde (P257)[N 2]
2003
2003
2003
2007
1,700 tonnes[N 3] Three new, larger patrol vessels are to come into service starting 2017.[6]
P2000 or Archer-class HMS Dasher (P280) Patrol boat HMS Archer (P264)
HMS Biter (P270)
HMS Smiter (P272)
HMS Pursuer (P273)
HMS Blazer (P279)
HMS Dasher (P280)
HMS Puncher (P291)
HMS Charger (P292)
HMS Ranger (P293)
HMS Trumpeter (P294)
HMS Express (P163)
HMS Example (P165)
HMS Explorer (P164)
HMS Exploit (P167)
HMS Tracker (P274)
HMS Raider (P275)
1985
1986
1988
1988
1988
1988
1988
1988
1988
1988
1985
1986
1988
1988
1998
1998
54 tonnes Belong to University Royal Naval Units. Exceptions being Raider and Tracker, which are stationed at HMNB Clyde as the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron.
Scimitar-class HMS Sabre (P285) Patrol boat HMS Scimitar (P284)
HMS Sabre (P285)
2003
2003
24 tonnes The Gibraltar Squadron.

Other government agencies such as the Border Force and Marine Scotland operate a number of cutters and offshore patrol vessels.

Survey and Antarctic patrol[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Survey and Antarctic patrol (6 in Service)
Echo-class HMS Echo (H87) Multi-purpose survey vessel HMS Echo (H87)
HMS Enterprise (H88)
2003
2003
3,740 tonnes
Scott HMS Scott (H131) Ocean survey vessel HMS Scott (H131) 1997 13,500 tonnes
Gleaner HMSML Gleaner (H86) Coastal survey vessel HMSML Gleaner (H86) 1983 22 tonnes
Protector HMS Protector (A173) Antarctic patrol icebreaker HMS Protector (A173) 2011 5,000 tonnes
Endurance HMS Endurance (A171) Antarctic patrol icebreaker HMS Endurance (A171) 1991 6,500 tonnes Laid up, to be scrapped in 2015.

Classic ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Commissioned Displacement Note
Classic ships (2 in Service)
Type 82 or Bristol-class HMS Bristol (D23) Guided missile destroyer HMS Bristol (D23) 1973 7,100 tonnes[7] Modified to act as a training vessel; permanently docked in Portsmouth Harbour.[8]
Victory HMS Victory First-rate ship of the line HMS Victory 1778[N 4] 3,556 tonnes Flagship of the First Sea Lord; permanently docked in Portsmouth Naval Base.[9]

Silhouettes[edit]

Silhouettes of major fleet units:

Landing platform helicopter (Ocean)
Ocean
Albion-class landing platform dock
Albion
Albion-class landing platform dock
Bulwark
Daring-class Type 45 destroyer
Daring
Daring-class Type 45 destroyer
Dauntless
Daring-class Type 45 destroyer
Diamond
Daring-class Type 45 destroyer
Dragon
Daring-class Type 45 destroyer
Defender
Daring-class Type 45 destroyer
Duncan
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Argyll
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Lancaster
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Iron Duke
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Monmouth
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Montrose
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Westminster
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Northumberland
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Richmond
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Somerset
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Sutherland
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Kent
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
Portland
Duke-class Type 23 frigate
St Albans
Vanguard-class SSBN
Vanguard
Vanguard-class SSBN
Victorious
Vanguard-class SSBN
Vigilant
Vanguard-class SSBN
Vengeance
Astute-class SSN
Astute
Astute-class SSN
Ambush
Trafalgar-class SSN
Torbay
Trafalgar-class SSN
Trenchant
Trafalgar-class SSN
Talent
Trafalgar-class SSN
Triumph

See also[edit]

Lists of ships operated by or in support of Her Majesty's Naval Service
Related articles

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Displacement when dived.
  2. ^ Clyde is a modified River-class vessel stationed in the Falkland Islands.
  3. ^ Clyde has a displacement of 2,000 tonnes.
  4. ^ Launched in 1765 and commissioned in 1778, making Victory the world's oldest warship still in commission.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Serco Marine Services - Vessel Management, sercomarine.com, Retrieved 20 June 2014
  2. ^ Bulwark takes over as UK flagship after nine-month work-out, royalnavy.mod.uk, 18 October 2011
  3. ^ HMS Bulwark becomes Royal Navy's new flagship, bbc.co.uk, 19 October 2011
  4. ^ Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyers, royalnavy.mod.uk
  5. ^ HMS Daring Leaves Sydney, royalnavy.mod.uk, 11 October 2013
  6. ^ "MOD plans to commission 3 new ocean-going offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Navy.". MOD. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Type 82 General Purpose Destroyer, hmsbristol.plus.com
  8. ^ Royal Navy HMS Bristol, royalnavy.mod.uk, Retrieved 7 June 2014
  9. ^ Royal Navy HMS Victory, royalnavy.mod.uk, Retrieved 7 June 2014

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