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Welcome everyone, Green here bringing you my second forum of the series on the UK Royal Navy. Today we are going to have an in-depth look at the UK class 23 frigates. The Type 23 class is the largest class of frigate constructed for the Royal Navy since the 26 ships of the leander class. Like the leanders they type 23 provides the back bone of the Royal Navy's anti sub frigate force, and with any luck should continue to do so for many more years. The ships where designed to complete that role in the rough waters of the North Atlantic using their towed array sonar. The Type 23 where the first stealthy ships to enter service in the Royal Navy with hull angled off the vertical to reduce a radar signature. After the Falklands war Harpoon anti-ship missiles and a 144 mm gun where added to give the design a better punch. The ships will also receive the new powerful towed sonar 2031Z which equips the ten of the class. This sonar will allow the ships to find much quieter modern submarines that may operate in inshore waters in the future. Further studies are in hand to find ways to extend the lives of these large and capable vessels and further enhancing their military capabilities. Class overview Name: Type 23 frigate Builders: Yarrow Shipbuilders and Swan Hunter Operators: Royal Navy Chilean Navy Preceded by: Type 22 frigateCondell class frigate Succeeded by: Type 26 Global Combat Ship Cost: £130M per ship In commission: 24 November 1987 Planned: 16 Completed: 16 Active: 13 Royal Navy , 3 Chilean Navy General characteristics Class & type: Frigate Displacement: 4,900 t (4,800 long tons; 5,400 short tons) Length: 133 m (436 ft 4 in) Beam: 16.1 m (52 ft 10 in) Draught: 7.3 m (23 ft 9 in) Propulsion: CODLAG: Four 1510 kW (2,025 shp) Paxman Valenta 12CM diesel generators Two GEC electric motors delivering 2980kW (4000 shp) Two Rolls-Royce Spey SM1C delivering 23,190 kW (31,100 shp) Speed: In excess of 28 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph)(HMS Sutherland achieved 34.4 knots during high-speed trials in November of 2008) Range: 7,500 nautical miles (14,000 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h) Complement: 185 (accommodation for up to 205) Electronic warfare & decoys: 4 x 6-barrel Seagnat decoy launchers DFL2/3 offboard decoys Armament: Anti-air missiles: 1× 32-cell Sea Wolf GWS.26 VLS canisters for32 Sea Wolf missiles (range 1-10 km) Anti-ship missiles: 2 × quad Harpoon launchers Anti-submarine torpedoes: 2 × Twin 12.75 in (324 mm) Sting Ray torpedo tubes Guns: 1 × BAE 4.5 inch Mk8 gun 2 × 30mm DS30M automated guns, or, 2× 30mm DS30B guns 2 × Miniguns 4 × General-purpose machine guns Aircraft carried: 1 × Lynx HMA8, armed with; 4 × Sea Skua anti ship missiles, or 2 × anti submarine torpedoes or 1 × Westland Merlin HM1, armed with; 4 × anti submarine torpedoes Aviation facilities: Flight deck Enclosed hangar I hope that you have enjoyed this topic, as always I welcome positive feed back in how to improve my post's.
This is a little about the biggest ship in the Danish navy, there are 2 of them: The Absalon class are support ships of the Royal Danish Navy, commissioned in 2005. The class is based on a frigate-like design, but built with an internal multipurpose deck (flex deck) and a stern vehicle ramp. The ships can serve as command platforms for a staff of 75 persons (naval or joint staff) with a containerized command and control centre, transport and base of operations for a company-sized landing force of some 200 men with vehicles. Alternatively, the flex deck can be used for mine-laying operations with a capacity of some 300 mines, or be fitted out for mine-clearing operations and launch and recover mine detecting and clearing equipment via a retractable gantry crane, adjacent to the stern ramp, which also is used for launching and recovering the fast landing craft. Furthermore the flex deck can support a containerized hospital or simply transport a number of ISO standard containers or some 55 vehicles including, up to 7 MBTs. The ships can carry two LCPs (Storebro SB90E), two rigid hull inflatable boats and two EH101 helicopters. The standard weapons of the Absalon class can be supplemented through the use of StanFlex mission modules. A special weapons deck (nicknamed the 'Bathtub') is designed with five StanFlex module slots. Because of the Bathtub's position, only missile-firing weapons modules can be installed. Class overview: Builders: Odense Staalskibsværft Operators: Royal Danish Navy Preceded by: Falster-class minelayers Cost: DKK2.5bn(total),(~US$225m/ship) excluding weapon modules Built: 2003–2004 In commission: 2005– Completed: 2 Active: 2 General characteristics: Type: support ships Displacement: 4,500 tonnes light, 6,600 tonnes full load Length: 137 m (449 ft 6 in) Beam: 19.5 m (64 ft 0 in) Draft: 6.3 m (20 ft 8 in) Propulsion: 2 x MTU 8000 M70 diesel engines two shafts 22,300 bhp (16.6 MW) Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h) Range: 9,000 nmi (17,000 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h) Boats & landing craft carried: 2 x RHIBs, 2 x SB90E LCP Complement: 100, plus aircrew and transients (accommodation for up to 300 in total) Sensors and processing systems: Thales SMART-S Mk2 3D volume search radar Terma Scanter 2100 surface search radar Atlas ASO 94 sonar 4 × Saab CEROS 200 fire control radars ES-3701 Tactical Radar Electronic Support Measures (ESM) Electronic warfare & decoys: 4 × 12-barrelled Terma DL-12T 130 mm decoy launchers 2 × 6-barrelled Terma DL-6T 130 mm decoy launchers Armament: 5 × StanFlex modules, typically: 3 × 12 RIM-162 ESSM SAM in Mk 48Mod3/ Mk 56 VLS 2 × 8 Harpoon Block II SSM Fixed weapons: 1 × 5"/62 Mk 45 mod 4 gun 2 × Mk32 Mod 14, each with 2 × MU90 torpedoes 2 × Millennium 35 mm CIWS 2 × 2 Stinger Point-defence SAM 7 × 12.7 mm M/01 LvSa HMG Aircraft carried: 2 × EH-101 helicopters Aviation facilities: Aft helicopter deck and hangars Overall, a great and powerfull modern Danish ship..