6th Frigate Squadron

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6th Frigate Squadron
ActiveAugust 1950 – 2002
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Navy
FirstCaptain Roy S. Foster-Brown
LastCaptain Matthew J. Parr

The 6th Frigate Squadron was an administrative unit of the Royal Navy from 1950 to 2002.


HMS Undine leads ships of the 6th Frigate Squadron in line ahead on their passage to Gibraltar, for spring cruise, 27 January 1957 (IWM A 33691)

During its existence, the squadron included Loch-class, Type 15, Whitby-class, Rothesay-class, Tribal-class, Leander-class and Type 23 frigates.

Ships from the squadron participated in the Coronation Fleet Review, the Beira Patrol, the Cod Wars, the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, the Falklands War and STANAVFORLANT.

Ships assigned to the squadron bore a badge on their funnels or superstructure depicting the Red Hand of Ulster.[1]

The squadron was active in Singapore from December 1960 to September 1961; September 1962 to January 1963, before being redesignated to the 25th Escort Squadron.

At the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, 24–29 June 1977, the squadron comprised:[2]

The squadron was disbanded in 2002 for the last time following the Royal Navy's "Fleet First" reorganisation.

Squadron commander[edit]


Commander Ship Dates
Captain Roy S. Foster-Brown HMS Loch Insh August 1950 – 1951
Captain Colin C. Martell HMS Venus November 1952 – 1954
Captain Philip F. Powlett HMS Undine October 1954-November 1955
Captain John F.D. Bush HMS Undine November 1955 – 1956
Captain Raymond Hart HMS Undine April 1957-October 1958
Captain Edward B. Ashmore HMS Blackpool October 1958-January 1960
Captain Henry R. Hewlett HMS Yarmouth January 1960-April 1962
Captain Ian W. Jamieson HMS Nubian April 1962 – 1964
Captain Richard D. Franklin HMS Andromeda August 1971-December 1972
Captain Alexander F.R. Weir HMS Andromeda December 1972-July 1974
Captain Robert W.F. Gerken HMS Andromeda July 1974-January 1976
Captain Anthony M.G. Pearson HMS Andromeda January 1976-March 1977
Captain Kelvin A. Low HMS Andromeda/HMS Sirius March 1977-August 1978
Captain Michael L. E. Tudor-Craig HMS Sirius August 1978-November 1979
Captain Thomas G.B. Ram HMS Sirius November 1979-April 1981
Captain David Pentreath HMS Plymouth April 1981-July 1982
Captain Michael C. Cole HMS Plymouth July 1982 – 1984
Captain Peter A. Voute HMS Ariadne 1984-February 1986
Captain Peter J. Grindal HMS Ariadne February 1986-September 1987
Captain John H.S. McAnally HMS Ariadne/HMS Hermione September 1987-May 1989
Captain Andrew S. Ritchie HMS Hermione May 1989 – 1990
Captain Alexander K. Backus HMS Hermione 1990-1992
Captain James F. Perowne HMS Norfolk March 1993 – 1994
Captain Niall S.R. Kilgour HMS Norfolk/HMS Montrose 1994-August 1996
Captain Timothy J.H. Laurence HMS Montrose August 1996 – 1997
Captain Adrian J. Nance HMS Montrose 1997-1998
Captain Robert G. Cooling HMS Montrose 1998-2000
Captain C. Anthony Johnstone-Burt HMS Montrose 2000-2001
Captain Matthew J. Parr HMS Montrose 2001-2002


  1. ^ Perryman, John. "The Origin of RAN Squadron and National Insignia". History - Traditions. Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  2. ^ Silver Jubilee Fleet Review (1977) official programme
  3. ^ Royal Navy Senior Appointments, Colin Mackie

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