HMS Argyll

HMS Argyll (F231)

Based in Plymouth, HMS Argyll is the longest-serving Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy. Built in the late 1980s at the Yarrow Yard in Scotstoun on the Clyde (now BAE Systems), she was commissioned in 1991.

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She left her home port of HM Naval Base Devonport on June 18th 2018 on a busy and exciting nine-month deployment to the Far East as part of a national push to strengthen military and diplomatic ties in the region.

The deployment follows Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Tokyo last year when she and her Japanese counterpart discussed defence, security co-operation and open access to the oceans. The ship will also undertake military exercises with the Japanese Defence Force.

A highlight of the deployment will be Exercise Bersama Lima, a joint naval exercise between the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand as part of the Five Powers Defence Arrangement.

Before reaching the Far East, the ship will patrol in the Red Sea and the Gulf, protecting civilian shipping from piracy and terrorist activity.  These operations are part of an on-going effort by the Royal Navy and the British Government to support international efforts promoting stability and security in the Middle East.

HMS Argyll, with 230 crew members, will be the first Royal Navy warship to deploy with Sea Ceptor, a supersonic missile defence system developed for the Royal Navy by MBDA Missile Systems, a partnership between BAE Systems, EADS and Finmeccanica.  The system has a range of more than 25km at speeds of up to 2,000 mph and can protect an area of 1,300km².



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Current operation Maritime security

British ships and units, which include the Royal Marines, are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

  • Maritime security

    British ships and units, which include the Royal Marines, are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

  • Alongside in Devonport

    Alongside in her home port of Devonport Naval Base.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

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Unit History

The First HMS Argyll1715

The first Argyll began life as the Bonaventure, a 38-gun frigate which was rebuilt frequently over nearly a century. The ship was renamed Argyll when she was 65, just before the Jacobite Rising.

Battle Honours1718

Passero 1718

End Of Service1748

After seeing service during the War of Austrian Succession, the first HMS Argyll was towed to Harwich and sunk as a breakwater, bringing to an end 98 years of service.

The Second HMS Argyll1905

It was another 150 years before the name was resurrected in the form of a Devonshire-class armoured cruiser which entered service in 1905.

World War 11914

Argyll No.2 saw action in the opening months of World War One capturing a German merchantman only two days into the war.


Wrecked in October 1915 when Argyll ran into Bell Rock near Dundee, none of her 650 crew were lost in the grounding, but the ship was scuttled by salvage experts.

The Current Argyll1991

The present HMS Argyll commissioned in 1991 and has deployed to Sierra Leone during their Civil War in 2000 and to the Gulf in 2005, as well as conducting counter-narcotics operations.


Following an extensive £20 million refit in Rosyth during 2009 to 2010, HMS Argyll emerged as one of the most up-to-date and capable frigates in the Fleet, with her structure preserved and her weapons and sensors significantly enhanced.

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Commanding Officer Toby Shaughnessy

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Commander Toby Shaughnessy joined the Royal Navy in January 1993 as a Naval College Entrant. He is now in of HMS Argyll.

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Ship's Motto

Ne obliviscaris - Lest we forget

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Ships motto

'Sans Peur' Without Fear