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HMS Richmond leaves for seven months Atlantic Patrol Tasking

Wednesday, August 7th 2013 - 16:27 UTC
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HMS Richmond leaving HMNB Portsmouth for a routine seven-month Atlantic Patrol Tasking. (Pic: RN) HMS Richmond leaving HMNB Portsmouth for a routine seven-month Atlantic Patrol Tasking. (Pic: RN)

Portsmouth-based frigate HMS Richmond has sailed for a routine seven months Atlantic Patrol Tasking which includes the South Atlantic. According to the official release she left Portsmouth on Monday 5 August and will maintain the continuous Royal Navy presence in the Atlantic and provide an ongoing protection and reassurance to British regions within the region.

The Atlantic Patrol Task will see HMS Richmond undertake maritime security operations, including counter-narcotics and anti-piracy patrols, providing opportunities to work with a number of other navies to further strengthen ties and demonstrate the Royal Navy’s commitment to the region.

She is expected to complement and replace HMS Argyll which is currently on the end of its Atlantic Patrol after having left Plymouth on February 18 and should be back by the end of the year

Commenting on the deployment, the Type 23 frigate Commanding Officer, Commander Robert Pedre, said: “HMS Richmond’s deployment represents the culmination of many months of planning and preparation. My ship’s company has worked tirelessly to ensure we are now ready for operations to protect our nation’s interests”.

The road to deployment has been a busy one for HMS Richmond. In February the ship’s company put trainee submariners through their paces off the west coast of Norway whilst taking part in the grueling multi-national Submarine Command Course.

In March, navigation students from the Maritime Warfare School joined the ship for an intensive training program covering several thousand miles along the South Coast of England, Irish Sea, Western Isles, Orkneys and Channel Islands.

Later that same month the Type 23 Frigate literally ‘hit’ a key milestone on her path toward deployment by completing 2 successful firings of her Sea Wolf surface-to-air missile system off the south coast of England, proving decisively her ability to track and destroy sea-skimming targets.

In April, alongside almost 50 other ships, countless aircraft and land troops, HMS Richmond played her part in supporting one of the largest European military exercises in recent years, Exercise Joint Warrior.

In May the crew completed a period of high intensity training at Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) followed by a comprehensive maintenance period in Portsmouth ensuring the ship was ready for her time at sea. (RN/MP).-

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  • LEPRecon

    Oh no! The British are militarising the South Atlantic with one whole ship!

    Arrrgh! Quick get CFK back to the UN to bitch on about it!

    In the meantime, Argentina sinks further into the pits of hell, whilst it's President is busy on a very important shopping trip to NYC.

    Aug 07th, 2013 - 05:11 pm 0
  • Pete Bog


    Well, she's got the chair-she can moan about those Sea Wolf missiles (even though they are ancient-but still very very good.

    Aug 07th, 2013 - 05:35 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    Many thanks, as ever, to the officers and crew of HMS Argyll (F231). Hope you won't mind me mentioning that your ship is the oldest serving Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy. But not shabby. Not shabby at all. Thanks from the British people.
    And to HMS Richmond (F239), we can be sure that you will uphold your long and proud history and traditions. “From God and the King”!

    Aug 07th, 2013 - 05:44 pm 0
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