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HMS Argyll (F231)
|Laid down:||20 March 1987|
|Launched:||8 April 1989|
|Commissioned:||31 May 1991|
|Length:||133 m (463 ft)|
|Beam:||16.1 m (52.9 ft)|
|Propulsion:||CODLAG (Combined Diesel and Gas); 2 Rolls Royce spey boost turbines|
4 GEC Paxman-Valenta diesel engines
|Armament:||2 quad Harpoon launchers|
Vertical Launch Sea Wolf anti-missile system
The third and current HMS Argyll (F231) is a Type 23 'Duke' Class frigate. She was laid down in March 1987 by Yarrow Shipbuilders at Glasgow, and launched in 1989 by Lady Lady Wendy Levene and commissioned in May 1991. Agryll is currently part of the 6th Frigate Squadron based at Devonport Dockyard.
In 2001, Argyll was part of the Royal Navy task force — comprising Illustrious, Ocean, Iron Duke, Chatham, and four RFA ships — that deployed to Sierra Leone, during the civil war there in 2000. Argyll, during those operations, acted as the West African Guardship and remained off West Africa until September 2000. During her deployment, Argyll saved fifty eight lives from drowning. She was relieved by her sister-ship Iron Duke in September.
Argyll is currently undergoing Sea Training to prepare for her re-entry back into the fleet, after her second 'Docking Period' in early 2003, in which removing, renewing and fitting new equipment and maintenance was done.
See HMS Argyll for other ships of the name.
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