P720 RN Type 22 Batch 3 Frigate

HMS Cornwall F99, HMS Cumberland F85,
HMS Campbeltown F86, HMS Chatham F87



HMS Cumberland

HMS Campbeltown

HMS Chatham

HMS Cornwall
Length Height Weight Packaging
4.86 in (12.4 cm) 0.94 in (2.39 cm) 32 gm (1.15 oz) Blister Card

These are the Tri-ang Minic Ships models of the Type 22 Batch 3 Frigates commissioned by the Royal Navy in the late 1980's.

Tri-ang Minic Ships produces individual models of all four Type 22 Batch 3 Frigates – HMS Cornwall F99, HMS Cumberland F85, HMS Campbeltown F86 and HMS Chatham F87 – complete with appropriate Pennant Numbers, Flight Deck markings and Deck Codes.

The Type 22 frigates were designed principally as anti-submarine warfare vessels to replace the aging Leander Class frigates but the large ocean going ships were also fitted out to undertake general purpose operations. Following the Royal Navy convention of naming frigates in alphabetical sequence the first eight Type 22 ships were given names starting with the letter 'B' and the Batch 3 ships were given names starting with the letter 'C'.

While the Type 22 shared the same basic hull design as the Leander Class ships it also shared features with the Type 42 destroyers such as the same power plants and auxiliary machinery. Despite the similarities however, the Type 22 also heralded many firsts for the Royal Navy such as being the first warships completed to a metric specification and the first warships to not be fitted with a main gun although after the lessons of the Falklands War the Batch 3 ships were fitted with a 4.5 inch main gun.

In terms of weaponry these vessels were more than capable of general-purpose operations the Sea Wolf missile system was fitted for air defence and four Exocet launchers were fitted for defence against surface threats. The Ikara missile system which had been fitted on some Leander Class Frigates was rejected in favour of anti-submarine torpedo tubes.

The Batch 3 ships were armed with the McDonnell Douglas Harpoon surface-to-surface missile system for anti-ship operations; the British Aerospace Sea Wolf surface-to-air missile system for anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence; and two triple Stingray torpedo launchers.

In addition, as noted, they were also equipped with a Vickers 4.5 inch gun for Naval Gunfire Support (NSG) as well as a Goalkeeper 30 mm CIWS, 2 DES/MSI 30 mm anti-aircraft weapons and a variety of countermeasures.

The Batch 3 ships were fitted with a flight deck capable of supporting the Sea King HAS 5 or the Merlin EH101 helicopter although each ship normally carried a Westland Lynx helicopter for anti-submarine warfare. They were also capable of acting as command ships for a Flag Officer and his staff.

The Batch 3 ships were powered by two Rolls-Royce Tyne gas turbines which provided a cruising speed of 18 knots. In addition they were also equipped with two Rolls-Royce Spey gas turbines which allowed the ship to "sprint" at up to 30 knots for short periods.

The Type 22 frigates served with distinction for many years from the Falklands War in 1982 through to the Gulf War in 1991, when HMS London led the British Task Force, and have continued to provide a vital contribution into the new century.

The models are marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, the model number P 720, "Royal Navy Modern Edition", and the description "Type 22 Batch 3 Frigate".


Specifications

Ships in Class: F 99 HMS Cornwall
F 85 HMS Cumberland
F 86 HMS Campbeltown
F 87 HMS Chatham
Builders: Yarrow Shipbuilders, Glasgow
Swan Hunter Shipbuilders, Wallsend-on-Tyne
Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Laid Down: F 99 HMS Cornwall
F 85 HMS Cumberland
F 86 HMS Campbeltown
F 87 HMS Chatham
19th September 1983
12th October 1984
4th December 1985
12th May 1986
Launched: F 99 HMS Cornwall
F 85 HMS Cumberland
F 86 HMS Campbeltown
F 87 HMS Chatham
14th October 1985
21st June 1986
7th October 1987
20th January 1988
Commissioned: F 99 HMS Cornwall
F 85 HMS Cumberland
F 86 HMS Campbeltown
F 87 HMS Chatham
23rd April 1988
10th June 1989
27th May 1989
4th May 1990
Displacement: 4,900 tons Full Load
Length (OA): 485 ft 11 in ( 148.1 m )
Beam: 48 ft 6 in ( 14.8 m )
Draft: 21 ft ( 6.4 m )
Armament: 1 x Vickers 4.5" Mk 8 main gun forward
1 x 30 mm 7 barrelled Signaal / GE Gatling Goalkeeper CIWS
2 x 30 mm DES/MSI anti-aircraft guns in single mounts OR
2 x 20 mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns in single mounts
2 x Quad Harpoon 1C long range SSM launchers midships
2 x Seawolf SAM launchers forward / aft
2 x triple Stingray torpedo launchers port / starboard
Countermeasures: 4 x Sea Gnat 6 barrelled launchers
1 x Towed torpedo decoy
Propulsion: 2 Rolls Royce Spey SM1A gas turbines 29500 hp
2 Rolls Royce Tyne RM3C gas turbines 10680 hp
Maximum Speed: 30 knots
Complement: 250
Disposal: All four ships were de-commissioned in 2011 and scrapped in 2013
(Statistical information from Jane's Fighting Ships 2003 Edition)

HMS Cumberland Crown Copyright


Further details can be obtained from the following links -
Wikipedia - RN Type 22 Frigate http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_22_frigate
The Royal Navy Post War Web Site http://www.btinternet.com/~warship/Today/type22.htm
The Haze Gray & Underway Web Site http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/europe/uk.htm#3