HMS Argyll leaves Piraeus after two-day visit (vid)

After two days at the port of Piraeus, the British “Type-23” class frigate HMS Argyll F231 has left for other ports. The warship was at the port of Piraeus for ceremonial purposes.

Like all of her class she is named for a British dukedom, in this case that of Argyll. HMS Argyll was laid down in March 1987 by Yarrow Shipbuilders at Glasgow, and launched in 1989 by Lady Wendy Levene, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Paviors. It was commissioned in May 1991. Argyll is currently based at Devonport Dockyard.

Argyll is the first Type 23 to be fitted with the new Sea Ceptor missile system.

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)
Range: 7,500 nautical miles (14,000 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h)
Complement: 185 (accommodation for up to 205)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
UAF-1 ESM, or, UAT Mod 1
Seagnat
Type 182 towed torpedo decoy
Surface Ship Torpedo Defence
Armament:
Anti-air missiles:
1 × 32-cell Sea Wolf GWS.26 VLS canisters for 32:
Sea Wolf (range 1–10 km) or Sea Ceptor missiles (1-25+ 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 Mk 8 naval gun
2 × 30 mm DS30M Mk2 guns, or, 2 × 30 mm 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