HMS Coventry (F98)

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HMS Coventry
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Coventry
Operator: Royal Navy
Builder: Swan Hunter
Laid down: 29 March 1984
Launched: 8 April 1986
Commissioned: 14 October 1988
Decommissioned: 17 January 2002
Identification: Pennant number: F98
Fate: Sold to Romania on 14 January 2003
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,800 tons
Length: 146.5 m (480 ft)
Beam: 14.8 m (48 ft)
Draught: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Propulsion: 2-shaft COGOG
2 × Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B high-speed gas turbines (54,000 shp / 40 MW)
2 × Rolls-Royce Tyne RM1C cruise gas turbines (9,700 shp / 7.2 MW)
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) (cruise)
30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) (max)
Range: 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km; 9,200 mi)
Complement: 273
Armament: 2 × 6 GWS25 Sea Wolf SAM launchers
4 × 1 Exocet SSM launchers
2 × Twin 30 mm AA guns
2 × 20 mm GAM-BO1 guns
4 × 7.62 mm GPMGs
Aircraft carried: 2 × Lynx MK 8 helicopters
Career (Romania) Naval Jack of Romania.svg 17 3 FREGATA REGELE FERDINANT.jpg
Name: Regele Ferdinand
Namesake: king Ferdinand of Romania
Laid down: 29 March 1984
Launched: 8 April 1986
Acquired: 14 January 2003
Commissioned: 9 September 2004 as F221
Fate: in service
General characteristics
Class & type: Type 22 frigate
Displacement: 5,300 tons
Length: 148.1 m
Beam: 14.8 m
Draught: 6.4 m
Propulsion: 4X Rolls Royce gas turbine engines
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) (cruise)
30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) (max)
Range: 4500nm
Complement: 250
Armament: 76/62 Oto Melara Super-Rapid gun
Aircraft carried: IAR-330 Puma Naval

HMS Coventry was a Type 22 frigate of the Royal Navy. She was originally intended to be named Boadicea but was named Coventry in honour of the previous Coventry, a Type 42 destroyer sunk in the Falklands War. Following service in the Royal Navy she was sold to the Romanian Navy in 2003.

Operational Service[edit]

Between 1990 and 1996 Coventry was the leader of the 1st Frigate Squadron.

She was purchased from the United Kingdom by the Romanian Navy on 14 January 2003, and renamed Regele Ferdinand (King Ferdinand) after Ferdinand I of Romania. The ship was handed over to Romania on 19 August 2004, and underwent sea trials at the same time. F221 Regele Ferdinand was commissioned into the Romanian Navy on 9 September 2004, and is the current flagship of the Romanian Navy. There has since been some controversy over the price at which she was bought.[1]

On 22 March 2011, President of Romania Traian Băsescu said, after a CSAT meeting, that Romania will send the frigate Regele Ferdinand with 205 mariners and two officers on board to enforce an arms embargo in the Mediterranean Sea, as part of the 2011 military intervention in Libya - Operation Unified Protector.[2] During their run in the NATO naval group acting on Operation Unified Protector - 2011, the frigate has traveled over 17,400 nautical miles and carried around 770 specific tasks.[3] Since the entry into service of the Forţele Navale Române, F221 "Regele Ferdinand" performed a series of tasks among which the most important are the Operation Active Endeavour in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 in the Mediterranean Sea, the exercise in Bulgaria "Breeze -CertExam" 2007, 2008, the exercise "Noble Midas" in Croatia in 2007 and 2008 in Italy.[3]

Since 13 September 2012 F221 has participated in Operation Atalanta. On the ship are also embarked naval commandos Grupul Naval de Forțe pentru Operații Speciale (GNFOS).[4]

Commanding officers[edit]


From To Captain
1988 1990 Captain Edward Hackett RN
1990 1991 Captain Roger C. Lane-Nott RN
1991 1993 Captain Stephen E. Saunders RN
1993 1994 Captain Christopher D. Stanford
1994 1996 Captain Thomas Morton RN
1999 2001 Captain Philip Jones RN

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