A new visitor in West India Dock is the HMS Richmond (F239), one of 13 Type 23 Duke Class frigates that form a major part of the naval fleet. She holds the distinction of being one of the last warships to be built by Swan Hunter shipyard, she was launched in 1993.
Since then she has been involved in many military and peace keeping campaigns most notably the Iraq war and helping with rescue efforts after Hurricane Frances and Ivan hit the Carribean in 2004.
For the technical minded:
- Pennant F239
- Displacement 4,000 tonnes
- Complement 185 personnel
- Length 133 Metres
- Beam 16.1 metres
- Draught 7.3 metres
- Top Speed 28 knots
- Range (Nautical) 7,800 miles
- Launch Date 06/04/93
Whilst in London the crew will be involved in a number of functions. However the highlight of her stay happens on Saturday (June 29) – Armed Forces Day – when the warship will be open to visit by the general public.
The ship will be open from 1pm until 3pm only and access is via Thames Quay at West India Dock. Please note access is not suitable for those with limited mobility as ship tours may require the use of gangways and ladders.
HMS Richmond is the seventh Royal Navy ship to proudly bear the name.