P730 RN Type 23 Duke Class Frigate

HMS Iron Duke F234, HMS Monmouth F235,
HMS Montrose F236, HMS Westminster F237

HMS Iron Duke

HMS Monmouth

HMS Montrose

HMS Westminster
Length Height Weight Packaging
4.33 in (11.0 cm 1.04 in (2.65 cm) 28 gm (1.0 oz) Blister Card

These are the Tri-ang Minic Ships models of the current Type 23 Frigates commissioned by the Royal Navy in the 1990's.

Sixteen Type 23 Frigates were built in total of which thirteen remain in service with the Royal Navy. The other three ships - HMS Norfolk, HMS Marlborough and HMS Grafton - were sold to Chile and are in active service with the Chilean Navy.

Tri-ang Minic Ships has to date produced individual models of eight Type 23 Frigates – HMS Iron Duke F234, HMS Monmouth F235, HMS Montrose F236, HMS Westminster F237, HMS Northumberland F238, HMS Richmond F239, HMS Sutherland F81 and HMS Somerset F82 – complete with appropriate Pennant Numbers, Flight Deck markings and Deck Codes.

When originally designed in 1980 to replace the Leander and Broadsword Class ships the Type 23 Frigate were intended to be a simple and relatively inexpensive ship with minimal armament which would be supported by new generation Royal Fleet Auxiliaries that would provide hanger, repair and maintenance facilities for the frigate's helicopter as well as area defence with a Seawolf missile system.

As a result of changing operational requirements the ships were redesigned to operate Sea King and Merlin helicopters while the armament was enhanced by installation of Seawolf and Harpoon missile systems as well as two additional torpedo tubes and the replacement of the OTO Melera 76mm gun with the more powerful Vickers 4.5 inch gun. These design changes resulted in a more sophisticated, larger and therefore more expensive ship.

The Type 23 Frigates are powered by Combined Diesel, Electric and Gas Turbine Engines (CODLAG) with the gas turbines used for cruising and the electric motors used for virtually silent running when performing anti-submarine duties. To further reduce the noise signature of the vessels the engines are fitted above the waterline and the propellers have small holes around the edges.

The ships are designed to be "stealthy" with the hull having rounded edges and all vertical surfaces having a slope of 7 to reduce the radar signature of the vessel. In addition the funnels are fitted with cooling devices to reduce the heat signature.

The models are marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, the model number P 730, "Royal Navy Modern Edition", and the description "Type 23 Frigate".


Ships in Class: F 230 HMS Norfolk*
F 231 HMS Argyll
F 229 HMS Lancaster
F 233 HMS Marlborough*
F 234 HMS Iron Duke
F 235 HMS Monmouth
F 236 HMS Montrose
F 237 HMS Westminster
F 238 HMS Northumberland
F 239 HMS Richmond
F 82 HMS Somerset
F 80 HMS Grafton*
F 81 HMS Sutherland
F 78 HMS Kent
F 79 HMS Portland
F 83 HMS St Albans
Builders: Yarrow Shipbuilders, Glasgow
Swan Hunter Shipbuilders, Wallsend-on-Tyne
Laid Down: Between 1985 and 1999
Launched: Between 1987 and 2000
Commissioned: Between 1990 and 2002
F 234 HMS Iron Duke
F 235 HMS Monmouth
F 236 HMS Montrose
F 237 HMS Westminster
20th May 1993
24th September 1993
2nd June 1994
13 May 1994
Displacement: 4,200 tons Full Load
Length (OA): 436 ft 2 in ( 133.0 m )
Beam: 52 ft 10 in ( 16.1 m )
Draft: 18 ft (5.51 m )
Armament: 1 x Vickers 4.5" Mk 8 main gun forward
2 x 30 mm DES/MSI anti-aircraft guns in single mounts
2 x Quad Harpoon long range SSM launchers forward
1 x Seawolf 32 canister SAM launcher forward
2 x twin Stingray torpedo launchers port / starboard
Countermeasures: 4 x Sea Gnat 6 barrelled launchers
2 x DLF offboard decoys
1 x Towed torpedo decoy
Propulsion: 2 Rolls Royce Spey SM1A gas turbines 31000 hp,
4 Paxman 12CM diesels 8100 hp,
2 GEC motors 4000 hp
Maximum Speed: 28 knots
Complement: 181
Disposal: Thirteen ships in service

HMS Norfolk F230, HMS Marlborough F233 & HMS Grafton F80 - sold to Chile
(Statistical information from Jane's Fighting Ships 2003 Edition))

Further details can be obtained from the following links -
Wikipedia - RN Type 23 Frigate http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_23_frigate
The Royal Navy Post War Web Site http://www.btinternet.com/~warship/Today/type23.htm
The Haze Gray & Underway Web Site http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/europe/uk.htm#3