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 23 April 2015, 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 a landing platform helicopter, two amphibious transport docks, 15 mine countermeasures vessels, 22 patrol vessels, four survey vessels, two icebreakers and two historic warships (Victory and Bristol).

The Royal Navy currently operates three bases where commissioned ships are based; HMNB Portsmouth, HMNB Devonport and HMNB Clyde. In addition, a number of commissioned vessels belonging to the University Royal Naval Units (URNU) are stationed at various locations around the United Kingdom. The total displacement of the Royal Navy is approximately 337,000 tonnes (641,000 tonnes including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Marines).

Besides the Royal Navy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Royal Marines operate their own flotilas 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 Boat Pennant No. Commissioned Displacement Type Homeport Note
10 in Service
Astute-class HMS Astute S119 2010 7,400 tonnes Fleet submarine Clyde [2]
HMS Ambush S120 2013 7,400 tonnes Fleet submarine Clyde [3]
Trafalgar-class HMS Torbay S90 1987 5,300 tonnes Fleet submarine Devonport [4]
HMS Trenchant S91 1989 5,300 tonnes Fleet submarine Devonport [5]
HMS Talent S92 1990 5,300 tonnes Fleet submarine Devonport [6]
HMS Triumph S93 1991 5,300 tonnes Fleet submarine Devonport [7]
Vanguard-class HMS Vanguard S28 1993 15,900 tonnes Ballistic missile submarine Clyde [8]
HMS Victorious S29 1995 15,900 tonnes Ballistic missile submarine Clyde [9]
HMS Vigilant S30 1996 15,900 tonnes Ballistic missile submarine Clyde [10]
HMS Vengeance S31 1999 15,900 tonnes Ballistic missile submarine Clyde [11]

All submarines of the Royal Navy are nuclear-powered.

Surface fleet[edit]

Further information: Royal Navy surface fleet

Amphibious warfare[edit]

Class Ship Pennant No. Commissioned Displacement Type Homeport Note
3 in Service
Ocean HMS Ocean L12 1998 21,500 tonnes Landing platform helicopter Devonport [12] [N 1]
Albion-class HMS Albion L14 2003 19,560 tonnes Amphibious transport dock Devonport [14] [N 2]
HMS Bulwark L15 2004 19,560 tonnes Amphibious transport dock Devonport [16] [N 3]

In addition to the above vessels, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary possess three 16,160 tonne Bay-class dock landing ships (LSD).

Major surface combatants[edit]

Class Ship Pennant No. Commissioned Displacement Type Homeport Note
19 in Service
Type 45 or Daring-class HMS Daring D32 2009 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth [18]
HMS Dauntless D33 2010 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth [19]
HMS Diamond D34 2011 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth [20]
HMS Dragon D35 2012 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth [21]
HMS Defender D36 2013 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth [22]
HMS Duncan D37 2013 8,500 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth [23]
Type 23 or Duke-class HMS Argyll F231 1991 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport [24]
HMS Lancaster F229 1992 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth [25]
HMS Iron Duke F234 1993 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth [26]
HMS Monmouth F235 1993 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport [27]
HMS Montrose F236 1994 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport [28]
HMS Westminster F237 1994 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth [29]
HMS Northumberland F238 1994 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport [30]
HMS Richmond F239 1995 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth [31]
HMS Somerset F82 1996 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport [32]
HMS Sutherland F81 1997 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport [33]
HMS Kent F78 2000 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth [34]
HMS Portland F79 2001 4,900 tonnes Frigate Devonport [35]
HMS St Albans F83 2002 4,900 tonnes Frigate Portsmouth [36]

The Type 23 frigates will be replaced by the Global Combat Ship starting 2022.[37]

Mine countermeasures[edit]

Class Ship Pennant No. Commissioned Displacement Type Homeport Note
15 in Service
Hunt-class HMS Ledbury M30 1981 750 tonnes Minehunter Portsmouth [38]
HMS Cattistock M31 1982 750 tonnes Minehunter Portsmouth [39]
HMS Brocklesby M33 1983 750 tonnes Minehunter Portsmouth [40]
HMS Middleton M34 1984 750 tonnes Minehunter Portsmouth [41]
HMS Chiddingfold M37 1984 750 tonnes Minehunter Portsmouth [42]
HMS Atherstone M38 1987 750 tonnes Minehunter Portsmouth [43]
HMS Hurworth M39 1985 750 tonnes Minehunter Portsmouth [44]
HMS Quorn M41 1989 750 tonnes Minehunter Portsmouth [45]
Sandown-class HMS Penzance M106 1998 600 tonnes Minehunter Clyde [46]
HMS Pembroke M107 1998 600 tonnes Minehunter Clyde [47]
HMS Grimsby M108 1999 600 tonnes Minehunter Clyde [48]
HMS Bangor M109 2000 600 tonnes Minehunter Clyde [49]
HMS Ramsey M110 2000 600 tonnes Minehunter Clyde [50]
HMS Blyth M111 2001 600 tonnes Minehunter Clyde [51]
HMS Shoreham M112 2001 600 tonnes Minehunter Clyde [52]

In addition to the above vessels, the now decommissioned HMS Brecon (Hunt-class) and HMS Cromer (Sandown-class) act as training ships, located at the shore establishment HMS Raleigh and the Britannia Royal Naval College, respectively.

Patrol[edit]

Class Ship Pennant No. Commissioned Displacement Type Homeport Note
22 in Service
River-class HMS Mersey P283 2003 1,700 tonnes Offshore patrol vessel Portsmouth [53]
HMS Severn P282 2003 1,700 tonnes Offshore patrol vessel Portsmouth [54]
HMS Tyne P281 2003 1,700 tonnes Offshore patrol vessel Portsmouth [55]
HMS Clyde P257 2007 2,000 tonnes Offshore patrol vessel Portsmouth [56] [N 4]
P2000 or Archer-class HMS Archer P264 1985 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [57]
HMS Biter P270 1986 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [58]
HMS Smiter P272 1988 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [59]
HMS Pursuer P273 1988 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [60]
HMS Blazer P279 1988 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [61]
HMS Dasher P280 1988 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [62]
HMS Puncher P291 1988 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [63]
HMS Charger P292 1988 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [64]
HMS Ranger P293 1988 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [65]
HMS Trumpeter P294 1988 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [66]
HMS Express P163 1988 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [67]
HMS Example P165 1985 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [68]
HMS Explorer P164 1986 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [69]
HMS Exploit P167 1988 54 tonnes Patrol boat URNU [70]
HMS Tracker P274 1998 54 tonnes Patrol boat Clyde [71] [N 5]
HMS Raider P275 1998 54 tonnes Patrol boat Clyde [72] [N 6]
Scimitar-class HMS Scimitar P284 2003 24 tonnes Patrol boat Gibraltar [73] [N 7]
HMS Sabre P285 2003 24 tonnes Patrol boat Gibraltar [74] [N 8]

In addition to the above vessels, the Border Force possess five cutters.

Survey[edit]

Class Ship Pennant No. Commissioned Displacement Type Homeport Note
6 in Service
Scott HMS Scott H131 1997 13,500 tonnes Ocean survey Devonport [75]
Echo-class HMS Echo H87 2003 3,740 tonnes Multi-purpose survey Devonport [76]
HMS Enterprise H88 2003 3,740 tonnes Multi-purpose survey Devonport [77]
Gleaner HMSML Gleaner H86 1983 22 tonnes Coastal survey Devonport [78]
Protector HMS Protector A173 2011 5,000 tonnes Icebreaker & survey Portsmouth [79]
Endurance HMS Endurance A171 1997 6,500 tonnes Icebreaker & survey Portsmouth [N 9]

In addition, the British Antarctic Survey operates two Royal Research Ships which work in conjunction with Protector.

Classic ships[edit]

Class Ship Pennant No. Commissioned Displacement Type Homeport Note
2 in Service
Type 82 or Bristol-class HMS Bristol D23 1973 7,100 tonnes Guided missile destroyer Portsmouth [80] [N 10]
Victory HMS Victory 1778[N 11] 3,556 tonnes First-rate ship of the line Portsmouth [81] [N 12]

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
Other

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ocean will be Fleet Flagship from June 2015.[13]
  2. ^ Albion is at extended readiness.[15]
  3. ^ Bulwark is the current Fleet Flagship.[17]
  4. ^ Clyde is a modified River-class OPV stationed in the British Overseas Territory of the Falkland Islands.
  5. ^ Forms part of the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron providing security to nuclear submarines entering and leaving the waters in and around HMNB Clyde.
  6. ^ Forms part of the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron providing security to nuclear submarines entering and leaving the waters in and around HMNB Clyde.
  7. ^ Permanently based in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. Forms part of the Gibraltar Squadron.
  8. ^ Permanently based in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. Forms part of the Gibraltar Squadron.
  9. ^ Laid up, to be scrapped in 2015.
  10. ^ Modified to act as a training vessel; permanently docked in Portsmouth Harbour.
  11. ^ Launched in 1765 and commissioned in 1778, making Victory the world's oldest warship still in commission.
  12. ^ Flagship of the First Sea Lord; permanently docked in Portsmouth Naval Base.

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