Thursday, February 7th 2013 - 18:12 UTC

Four Royal Navy Type 22 decommissioned frigates for sale in Southampton

The Disposal Services Authority (DSA) of the British Ministry of Defence has invited offers for the sale of four decommissioned Royal Navy Type 22 frigates. The frigates HMS Chatham, HMS Campbeltown, HMS Cumberland and HMS Cornwall all went up for the bidding process on January 23, with viewings available this month and next.

HMS Cumberland docked in Southampton

The DSA have an intention to award at least one vessel to a UK ship recycler, according to, who also say the reason one vessel will be recycled is to “secure detailed knowledge of the UK’s capacity to recycle vessels”.

The authority also welcomes bids for the sinking of the vessels so that they become artificial reefs. All four of the frigates are currently moored in an area for decommissioned ships at Portsmouth Harbour.

The BBC reported that a MoD spokesman said: “It will be for organisations bidding ... to submit proposals on how they plan to use the ships. However, the MoD’s advertisement does state that bids will be accepted to use the ships in a non-military capacity, sinking for use as an artificial reef, or for recycling.”

In 2011when the HMS Ark Royal was up for sale, a Gibraltar based business man sent his project manager and his architect to view the vessel, in a bid to see if it would be suitable as a tourist attraction in Gibraltar, they concluded that it would not be.

In related news the Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton and his French Air Force counterpart Chef d’état-major de l’Armée de l’air (CEMAA), Général d’Armée Aérienne Denis Mercier renewed this week the annual agreement to advance military cooperation between their respective air forces.

The agreement known as the Directive of Objectives is a direct result of the Security and Defence Cooperation Treaty signed in November 2010 by the governments of the UK and the French Republic. The aim of the Directive, which reflects the goals of the treaty, is to better enable UK and French air forces to operate together, maximising combined capabilities and obtain greater value for money in Defence expenditure.

In recent weeks the French air force has made use of Gibraltar’s airport facilities for exercises.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton who countersigned the Directive of Objectives at the French Air Force Headquarters in Paris, said: “As permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and as NATO allies the United Kingdom and France share many common interests and responsibilities.

Général d’Armée Aérienne Denis Mercier commented on the positive relationship between the two air forces: “French and British aviators have been engaged together on operational theatres for almost a century. Today, the re-enforcement of their cooperation opens formidable opportunities to overcome the challenges of tomorrow”.

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1 golfcronie (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 06:37 pm Report abuse
Quick Crissie we will sell you them. minus engines and missile systems, money up front sorry
2 reality check (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 06:44 pm Report abuse
Bet none of them sink up against the side of the dock.
3 MrFlagpole (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 06:46 pm Report abuse
See that. Still floating.
4 golfcronie (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 06:55 pm Report abuse
I see that the frigates are flying the flags of all the countries that are supporting the FALKLANDS. Why not send them to the FALKLANDS to put off any attack by you know who.Look nice though, not like the rust buckets in port in ARGENTINA
5 reality check (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 06:55 pm Report abuse
Bet the cheeky sods would love to buy them, on tick off course.
6 golfcronie (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 07:00 pm Report abuse
Have you seen pictures of the new carrier being built CHRIST she is a beauty. Apparently her maiden voyage takes in the FALKLANDS and BUENOS AIRES
7 txiki (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 07:02 pm Report abuse
Well, the four original type 22s, including Falklands veterans Brilliant and Broadsword were sold to Brazil in the 1990s, 3 of them still in service. Another, HMS Sheffield (the replacement one) was sold to the Chileans (CNS Almirante Williams) and is currently their flagship. However, I doubt the Argentines would be allowed to buy one.
8 reality check (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 07:05 pm Report abuse
These are not for military use, be right at home in Argentina, there's are'nt for military use either.
9 MrFlagpole (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 07:08 pm Report abuse
It's really funny that the ships we are scraping are in better shape than the RG navy.
10 CaptainSilver (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 07:11 pm Report abuse
Could sell em with the sulphuric acid in the bog cleaner trick that sank the Rg destroyer so effectively. It takes a few years to eat through the pipe between the hull and the sea cock but they go down eventually.
11 briton (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 07:29 pm Report abuse
We are going to say this only once, and in full public view,

NO NO NO you cant have them,
You cant buy them,
And you don’t own them,
And we will not be talking over them,
No matter how many times you complain to the UN ,

So before you Argies stat crying to the UN about [ you want , you want ]
Soddy offy,
They are not yours
12 golfcronie (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 08:46 pm Report abuse
We could scuttle them at the mouth of the River Plate, would make it difficult to dredge around them
13 ChrisR (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 09:05 pm Report abuse
12 golfcronie

You have obviously never seen the mouth of the Plate.

Try Google Earth, its a bit wide.
14 golfcronie (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 09:15 pm Report abuse
OK the throat then
15 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 09:16 pm Report abuse
How long has HMS Plymouth been decommisoned? She is still afloat isn't she? and so is the “Unlucky ship” HMS Nottingham.

Hey!! now there's a thing... we should HMS Nottingham to Argentina. That would really finish their Navy off!!!
16 briton (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 09:22 pm Report abuse
The state there navy is in,
Either HMS Belfast, or HMS Victory,
Would solve the problem by themselves..
Mind you,

Even the HMS Mary Rose, in all its state, could probably do the job, laying on its side lol
17 Pirate Love (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 10:05 pm Report abuse
It says a lot about a countrys naval capabilities when it can decommission and put up for sale 4 world class destroyers and still have world beating naval vessels patrolling the seas, they deserve good homes and not left in dock to rust and sink overnight , i guess these vessels even at knock down price would be out of argentinas reach, shame as they would surely desire them. :)
18 screenname (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 10:18 pm Report abuse
I think they should give them to Argentina as artificial reefs for free.

In the mouth of 4 ports cruise liners still visit.
19 Marcos Alejandro (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 03:34 am Report abuse
Rule la France!
France rule the waves
Britons always, always, always shall be slaves.
20 Anglotino (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 04:59 am Report abuse
Ummm yeah....

Are we going to compare navies now Marcos? Yeah didn't think so!
21 DanyBerger (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 06:51 am Report abuse
Well seems the argies pilots will have less work to sink Brits shitting floating boats. They are doing a good job by them selves.

No carriers, no planes, no money, no navy, no hopes, no jobs and no FI in 20 years.

WoW only Brits can tolerate such humiliation.

I feel very sorry for them...
22 Xect (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 07:53 am Report abuse
Ah Dany, I hope you're enjoying that fantasy.... Quiet clearly its not reality, well except maybe in your head.

The only humiliation is for the Argentine forces that are rusting away whilst Britain still spends over 70bn a year on defense.

We are an ultra sophisticated military and you? You're the joke of SA/the world with your ships that sink and break down and then get stranded in other countries because you can't afford the repairs. Your ships are such a joke they can't even sail to another country without breaking down.

23 reality check (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 08:27 am Report abuse
Tolerate humiliation, what? you mean like the humiliation being defeated in a war by a force the third of your size. Don't feel to bad, you were outclassed, that's all. Damn the Uruguayans and Chileans must have loved that result though. God man it's been 30 years, get over it!
If your such a Frachophile, why don't you up sticks and pop across the channel, you clearly do not like living here? I'm sure the French would embrace you.
24 lsolde (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 09:37 am Report abuse
@23 reality check,
The French have got their pride, mate. Especially when it comes to idiot malvinistas.
l know my cousins wouldn't want a fool like Marcos littering up La France.
25 reality check (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 10:41 am Report abuse
Je m'excuse sans réserve à nos voisins français. maintenant. sur la Normandie, il a été porté à notre attention, par les Aregntines bien sûr, ne plaisante pas!

Courtesy of Google translate.
26 DanyBerger (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 03:36 am Report abuse
Excuse moi mais Je n'ai pas compris la merde Vous voulez dire au-dessus.

Now can you try in English so may be we are lucky and your sentence made any sense?
27 lsolde (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 07:55 am Report abuse
@25 reality check,
D'accord, pas de problème.
Aucune infraction prises.
Moi aussi,parfois utiliser google pour traduire parce que mon français ne c'est pas ce qu'elle devrait être.
Ma mère serait horrifié mais elle m'appelait toujours sa petite fille anglaise!
lgnorer Dany, il est un fou.
Now l suppose that we had better return to Anglais, or we will be getting complaints to the Editor of Mercopress.
@26 DanyBerger,
l understood m. reality check, that you didn't only reinforces what l think of you.
28 DanyBerger (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 12:33 pm Report abuse

You also using Google Translation tool?

Of course your mother will be horrify is she French “petite fille anglaise”?

Still reality check sentences have no sense, sorry...
Well to be honest nor even in English he makes any sense.
29 lsolde (#) Feb 09th, 2013 - 07:00 pm Report abuse
I said “sometimes”, Dany.
Can't you read?
You never make sense.
30 briton (#) Feb 10th, 2013 - 07:16 pm Report abuse
19 Marcos Alejandro
Desperation always did serve fools..

21 DanyBerger
Is it not Argentina that was humiliated?
Is it not Argentina that is still humiliated?

Is it not Argentina that will always be humiliated?
Unless of course they hire pirate hunter and his multy coloured nuclear sweets .lol
Still you lot could always pray,

It’s the least you could do .lol.


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