HMS Richmond

HMS Richmond (F239)

HMS Richmond is the seventh Royal Navy ship to proudly bear the name and enjoys strong links to several affiliations in both Richmond upon Thames and Richmond, North Yorkshire.

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The ship's last deployment was in 2015 where she sailed to the Mediterranean to join the European Union-led operation against people smuggling where they were involved in multiple rescues, saving hundreds of lives and disrupting people trafficking by putting smuggling vessels beyond use. 

Her Lynx helicopter was used to identify smugglers at range, directly leading to the detention of suspected people traffickers. 

Richmond also paid goodwill visits across the Indian Ocean from Zanzibar in Tanzania, to Goa in India, and took part in numerous exercises with coalition and allied forces. 

Clocking up more than 40,000 miles, the Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate travelled as far as the Indian Ocean on security patrols, where her highly-trained crew intercepted their first major drugs haul, £26.5 million of heroin, followed by a second of £3 million of cannabis in the Mediterranean, just weeks before returning home to Portsmouth where she is currently berthed. 

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Oxford URNU Type 23 frigate engineering visit

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Defence Secretary announces Type 23 base port moves

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Location Plymouth

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Unit History

First Richmond1655

This the first ship to carry the name HMS Richmond was a 26-gun ship. Built at Portsmouth as HMS Wakefield, launched 1655, and renamed 1660. She took part in the Anglo-Dutch wars.

Second Richmond.1672

This the second ship to carry the name HMS Richmond was an 8-gun Yacht. Bought 1672, and sold 1685.

Third Richmond.1745

The third ship to carry the name HMS Richmond was a French East Indiaman, originally named the Dauphin, captured January 1745. Richmond was sold on 28 November 1749

Fourth Richmond1757

The fourth Richmond was a 32-gun ship built in Deptford, launched in 1757. She played key roles in the wars with France including the capture of Quebec and the conquest of Havana.


The fourth Richmond also served in the American Wars of Independence during which she was captured by the French ship Aigrette in 1781. Battle Honours Chesapeake Bay 1781

Fifth Richmond1806

The fifth ship to carry the name HMS Richmond was a 14-gun, gun-brig. Built by Greensward of Itchenor, launched 1806. She was involved in the Napoleonic campaigns off Spain and Portugal.

World War 21940

The sixth Richmond started life as the USS Fairfax in 1917. She transferred to the Royal Navy in 1940 under the Lend-Lease agreement. Battle Honours Atlantic 1941, Arctic 1942.

Soviet Navy1944

The Sixth Richmond was also loaned to the Soviet Navy on 16 July 1944 and renamed Zhivuchi. That Soviet heritage earned the ship its distinctive badge with a star in the centre.

Seventh Richmond1995

The seventh, and current, HMS Richmond (F239) is the 10th of 16 Type 23 Duke Class Frigates to join the Royal Navy. She was built at Swan Hunter Shipbuilders on the Tyne, launched 6 April 1993.

Al Faw, Iraq2003

HMS Richmond along with HMS Chatham, HMS Marlborough and HMAS Anzac provided Naval Gunfire Support (NGS) to support 40 Commando's amphibious assault on the Al Faw peninsula in Iraq.

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'Sans Peur' Without Fear