HMS Lancaster

HMS Lancaster (F229)

HMS Lancaster was built on the Clyde as the fourth of the Type 23 frigates joining the Fleet in 1992. This versatile multi-role ship can typically be deployed drug-busting in the Caribbean or East of Suez on maritime security patrols.

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All the ships in the Type 23 class are named after Dukes, in this case, the Duke of Lancaster – who is also better known as Her Majesty the Queen.  The British Monarch is the ship's very special sponsor and Her Majesty takes a keen interest in Lancaster's activities around the globe. 

In 2015 she was the first Royal Navy vessel to deploy with the new Wildcat maritime attack helicopter. She was also the first ship to sail on operations with ship’s company wearing the Navy’s new working uniform.

During her nine months away HMS Lancaster delivered an intensive programme of defence engagement and maritime security from the Caribbean to West Africa.

Highlights included participation in US Navy Fleet Week in New Orleans, 12 exercises with foreign navies, seven weeks of defence engagement in South Africa and training foreign navies in West Africa.

On December 17th 2015, HMS Lancaster returned home to Portsmouth where she is now in a long period of maintenance which will involve her receiving a number of capability upgrades and enhancements, which will ensure she’s able to meet the future challenges that the Royal Navy will face.

Defence Secretary announces Type 23 base port moves

Defence Secretary announces Type 23 base port moves


HMS Lancaster (F229) Latest News

HMS Lancaster returns from operations in North and South Atlantic

Wildcat returns to the pride of the Fleet Air Arm

Wildcat returns to the pride of the Fleet Air Arm

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Current operation Maintenance and Sea-trials

Ships, units and aircraft need periods of maintenance and sea-trials to ensure that they are at their best for any tasks asked of them.

Location Plymouth

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Unit History

The First Lancaster1694

Lancaster was first built in the 17th Century, serving for almost 80 years and notably taking part in the siege of Louisburg in Canada. She was rebuilt several times and finally broken up in 1773.

The Second Lancaster1797

The second Lancaster was originally a merchant ship, but requisitioned by the Navy during the French Revolutionary War. She took part in the decisive victory at Camperdown in 1797. 

The Third Lancaster1823

The third Lancaster never saw combat despite a 40-year career during the era of Pax Britannica.

The Fourth Lancaster1902

Into the age of steam with the fourth Lancaster, a Monmouth-class armoured cruiser built at the turn of the 20th Century which served throughout World War 1.

The Fifth Lancaster1940

Formerly USS Philip, the fifth Lancaster was used as a minelayer escort in the UK-Iceland-Faeroes gap, interspersed with Atlantic and North Russian convoy duties.

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Ship's Motto

Nec aspera terrent – Difficulties be Damned

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Ships motto

'Sans Peur' Without Fear