Royal Navy/Surface Fleet (current)
The Royal Navy still possesses considerable fire-power in her Surface Fleet. Its main ships are one helicopter carrier and type 45 destroyers. These are the ships that are in service in the current Surface Arm of the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy is currently constructing 2 aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales each weighing around 70,000 tons. They will be able to carry approximately 50 F-35's on deck. They are considered second only to United States Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers which are currently under construction.
- 1 Aircraft Carriers
- 2 Destroyers
- 3 Frigates
- 4 Amphibious Assault Ships
- 5 Minehunters
- 6 Patrol vessels
- 7 Survey vessels
- 8 Training vessels
The Type 23 frigates are the main frigates of the Royal Navy with as main purpose anti-submarine warfare. The first ship of this class, nicknamed Duke-class, was HMS Norfolk. From the 16 originally built ships, only 13 remain in active service, the other 3 ships (HMS Norfolk (1987), HMS Marlborough (1989) and HMS Grafton (1994)) having been sold to the Chilean navy. The 13 ships still in service with the Royal Navy are: HMS Argyll (1989), HMS Lancaster (1990), HMS Iron Duke (1991), HMS Monmouth (1991), HMS Montrose (1992), HMS Westminster (1992), HMS Northumberland (1992), HMS Richmond (1993), HMS Somerset (1994), HMS Sutherland (1996), HMS Kent (1998), HMS Portland (1999) and HMS St. Albans (2000).
HMS Lancaster in 2008.
Amphibious Assault Ships
The Sandown class minehunter is the newest class of single role minehunters of the Royal Navy. The first, now decommissioned, ship of the class, HMS Sandown was commissioned in 1989 and the last, HMS Shoreham was commissioned in 2001. Currently there are 7 Sandown class minehunters in active service, being: HMS Penzance (1997), HMS Pembroke (1997), HMS Grimsby (1998), HMS Bangor (1999), HMS Ramsey (1999), HMS Blyth (2000) and HMS Shoreham (2001).
The Hunt class mine countermasure vessel is a class of originally 13 minesweepers combining traditional minesweeping and active minehunting. Currently, there are 8 ships in active service, being HMS Ledbury (1979), HMS Cattistock (1981), HMS Brocklesby (1982), HMS Middleton (1983), HMS Chiddingfold (1984), HMS Hurworth (1984), HMS Atherstone (1986) and HMS Quorn (1988).
HMS Middleton at Portsmouth Naval base, 2009.
HMS Chiddingfold at Portsmouth Naval base, 2004.
HMS Quorn entering Portsmouth Naval base, 2008.
Antarctic patrol ship
HMS Mersey in 2006.
Ocean survey vessels
Coastal survey vessels
HMS Gleaner Portsmouth naval base, 2005.
Multi-role survey vessels
The Archer P2000 is a class of patrol vessels currently used as training vessels. Currently the Royal Navy has 14 vessels in active service, being HMS Archer (1985), HMS Biter (1985), HMS Example (1985), HMS Explorer (1985), HMS Smiter (1985), HMS Blazer (1988), HMS Charger (1988), HMS Exploit (1988), HMS Express (1988), HMS Puncher (1988), HMS Raider (1998), HMS Ranger (1988), HMS Tracker (1998) and HMS Trumpeter (1988). Two more ships of the same type serve in the Cyprus Squadron.
HMS Biter in Tobermory in 2009.
HMS Example on the Tyne river, 2004.
HMS Smiter in 2006.
HMS Blazer in Poole harbour, 2007.
HMS Charger during the Northern Ireland international airshow, 2007.
HMS Puncher at Portsmouth Naval Base, 2008.
HMS Raider at Portsmouth Naval Base, 2008.
HMS Ranger in 2007.
HMS Tracker in Cornwall, 2006.