The Kent County Society is very pleased to renew its connection with our county ship, HMS Kent.
HMS Kent is one of the newest of the Type 23 frigates within the Royal Navy arsenal. Built by BAE Systems' Scotstoun Shipyard on the Clyde, she was launched on 27 May 1998 by Princess Alexandra of Kent.
After a most successful visit to Libya, HMS Kent headed north east to Souda Bay, Crete for equipment trials and further training prior to her transit through the Suez Canal.
The Ship's Company were able to enjoy some shore leave in Crete with fuel and provisions also taken in preparation for several weeks at sea on counter piracy patrol.
On 15 Apr 13 HMS Kent headed south through the Suez Canal, shortly after that she conducted a handover from HMS Northumberland and officially assumed Op Kipion duties.
After passing through Bab-el-Mandeb, the strait between Africa (Eritrea/Djibouti) and the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen), HMS Kent is now operating in the Indian Ocean where she has already undertaken a number of successful security operations.
To sustain herself Kent recently conducted a fuel RAS (Replenishment at Sea) with RFA Fort Victoria.
Click here to follow HMS Kent's progress as she sails for the first time and completes trials over the coming months.