St Albans

HMS St Albans (F83)

HMS St Albans, the sixteenth and last of the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates to be built, was launched on 6 May 2000. Constructed by BAE Systems at Scotstoun, she was delivered to the Royal Navy in November 2001.

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HMS St Albans emerged from an extensive £25M refit late in 2014. She then returned to sea following a short maintenance period alongside in base port. Performance assessment trials ensured that the ship’s weapons, sensor and machinery systems were fully operational and correctly aligned.

In December 2015, HMS St Albans set sail for a nine-month deployment, focusing on maritime security operations, in the Middle East.

The ship, nicknamed the Saint, was the first to deploy with the combined aviation technology of a Merlin Mk2 helicopter and ScanEagle unmanned aircraft. She sailed more than 38,000 miles on Operation Kipion working with carrier task groups, hosting key defence and diplomatic engagements and conducting operations to counter narcotics and weapon smuggling.

Days into her deployment she achieved her first success by seizing 320kg of cannabis with an estimated value of £1m which was destined for European markets.

She worked alongside the carrier FS Charles de Gaulle following the terrorist attacks in Paris and later the giant USS Harry S Truman. Both carriers were conducting air strikes into Syria and Iraq.

HMS St Albans also visited ports in ten different countries and worked with a multitude of international partners on live operations and exercises. Exercise Khundjar Hadd involved training alongside the Royal Navy and Air Force of Oman, US Coastguard, US Navy ships and fellow RN mine countermeasures vessels in one of the Gulf’s largest multi-national naval exercises. 

She returned to her home port of Portsmouth in August 2016 and is currently the Fleet Ready Escort ship for the Royal Navy in and around UK waters.

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HMS St Albans and Astute carry out training in Atlantic


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Current operation Fleet Ready Escort

The Fleet Ready Escort is at short notice to react to any maritime threat to the UK including terrorism and smuggling of arms or narcotics and the like. The Fleet Ready Escort will spend the majority of the year in and around UK waters conducting training and exercises with various UK and military agencies and organisations.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth 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.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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Unit History

The First St Albans1687

The first HMS St Albans was a 50-gun fourth rate which served under William of Orange until storms wrecked her off Kinsale in 1693.

Battle Honours1692

Barfleur 1692

The Second St Albans1706

St Albans No.2 suffered a similar fate. Also a fourth rate 50-gunner, she fell victim to a hurricane in Jamaica in 1744.

The Third St Albans1747

The name was resurrected. in the third St Albans, a 60 gun fourth rate, saw considerable action off Africa against the French in a brief but glorious career which ended in 1764.

Battle Honours1759

Lagos 1759

The Fourth HMS St Albans1764

The next HMS St Albans was a 64 gun Third rate. She was heavily engaged in the American Wars of Independence, taking part in the British victories off St Kitts and The Saints.

Battle Honours1778

St Lucia 1778

Battle Honours1782

St Kitts 1782
The Saints 1782

The Fifth St Albans1918

The fifth bearer of the name had by far the most interesting career, beginning life under the Stars and Stripes in 1918 as the destroyer USS Thomas.

Joining the Navy1940

The fifth HMS St Albans joined the Royal Navy under the Lend-Lease Agreement in 1940 when Britain acquired numerous US warships for the lease of her bases around the world. 

Battle Honours1941

Atlantic 1941-43

Battle Honours1942

English Channel 1942
Arctic 1942

Battle Honours1943

North Sea 1943

To Russia With Love1949

When Britian decided that the fifth HMS St Albans was no longer needed she was loaned to the USSR renamed this time Dostoinyi (Worthy), she was handed back to the UK for breaking up in 1949.

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Commanding Officer John Cromie

John Cromie

Rank: Commander

Commander John Cromie joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer in January 1999. He assumed Command of HMS St Albans in April 2018.

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