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Type 22 Frigate

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The Type 22 Frigate (also referred to as the Broadsword-class) was a class of frigate built for the British Royal Navy. Fourteen ships of the class were built in total, with production divided into three batches.

Ten ships of the earlier batches have been sold to Brazil, Poland, Romania, and Chile where they are still in active service. The four remaining vessels are currently in active service and are planned to be replaced along with the Type 23 frigates by the Type 26 frigates.

Specifications[edit]

Block One[edit]

  • Type: Multirole Frigate
  • Service Period: 1979-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 430 feet (131.06 meters)
    • Beam: 48 feet 6 inches (14.78 meters)
    • Draft: 20 feet (6.1 meters)
    • Displacement: 4,400 tons
  • Crew: 222
  • Propulsion:
    • 2 x shafts, COGOG
    • 2 x Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B boost gas turbines (54,600 shp)
    • 2 x Rolls-Royce Tyne RM1C cruise gas turbines (9,700 shp)
  • Sensor Suite
    • Radar Type 1006 for navigation
    • Radar Type 967 / 968 for searching at air level
    • Radar Type 911 for weapons guidance
    • Sonar type 2016 for the bow
    • Sonar type 2031 for towing from the stern
  • Armament
    • 2 x twin fire torpedo tubes for Mk-46 torpedoes
    • 2 x 6-cell GWS25 Seawolf surface to air missile launchers
    • 4 x 1 Exocet surface to surface missile launchers
    • 2 x 40 mm Bofors AA guns
    • 2 x Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Lynx Mk.8 Helicopters
  • Aviation Facilities: Hangar and Helipad

Block Two[edit]

  • Type: Multirole Frigate
  • Service Period: 1983-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 480 feet (146.3 meters)
    • Beam: 48 feet 6 inches (14.78 meters)
    • Draft: 21 feet (6.4 meters)
    • Displacement: 4,800 tons
  • Crew: 273
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers)
  • Propulsion:
    • 2-shaft COGOG
    • 2 x Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B high-speed gas turbines (54,000 shp / 40 MW)
    • 2 x Rolls-Royce Tyne RM1C cruise gas turbines (9,700 shp / 7.2 MW)
  • Sensor Suite
    • Radar Type 1006 for navigation
    • Radar Type 967 / 968 for searching at air level
    • Radar Type 911 for weapons guidance
    • Sonar type 2016 for the bow
    • Sonar type 2031 for towing from the stern
  • Armament
    • 2 x GWS.25 Sea Wolf SAM launchers
    • 4 x Exocet SSM launchers
    • 2 x triple Ship-launched Torpedo Weapons System (STWS) - Stingray Torpedo Launch Tubes
    • 2 x Twin 30 mm AA guns
    • 2 x 20 mm AA guns
    • 4 x 7.62 mm GPMGs
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Westland Lynx
  • Aviation Facilities: Hangar and Helipad

Block Three[edit]

  • Type: Multirole Frigate
  • Service Period: 1988-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 486 feet 9 inches (148.36 meters)
    • Beam: 48 feet 6 inches (14.78 meters)
    • Draft: 21 feet (6.4 meters)
    • Displacement: 5,300 tons
  • Crew; 250
  • Propulsion:
    • 2 x Rolls-Royce Spey SM1A boost gas turbines (37,540 shp / 28 MW)
    • 2 x Rolls-Royce Tyne RM3C cruise gas turbines (9,700 shp/ 7.2 MW)
    • 2 x shafts driving variable pitch propellers with COGAG (Combined gas and gas) gearbox
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 1007 navigation radar
    • Type 967 and 968 surveillance radar
    • Type 911 Sea Wolf tracking radars x 2
    • UAT Electronic Surveillance System Type 2050 active sonar
  • Electronic Warfare and Countermeasures
    • NATO Seagnat Decoy Launchers
  • Armament
    • 1 x Mk.8 4.5"/55-caliber naval gun
    • 2 x 36-cell GWS.26 Sea Wolf SAM Launchers
    • 2 x Mk.141 Harpoon AShM Launchers
    • 2 x 20 mm GAM-BO1 guns
    • 1 x 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Westland Lynx MK.8
  • Aviation Facilities: Hangar and Helipad

Unit Run[edit]

Block One[edit]

  • HMS Broadsword (F88) - Sold to Brazil as NAeL Greenhalgh (F46)
  • HMS Battleaxe (F89) - Sold to Brazil as NAeL Rademaker (F49)
  • HMS Brilliant (F90) - Sold to Brazil as NAeL Dodsworth (F47)
  • HMS Brazen (F91) - Sold to Brazil as NAeL Bosísio (F48)

Block Two[edit]

  • HMS Boxer (F92) - Sold to Poland as ORP Blyskawica (276)
  • HMS Beaver (F93) - Sold to Poland as ORP Garland (274)
  • HMS Brave (F94) - Sold to Poland as ORP Conrad (275)
  • HMS Bloodhound (F95) - Sold to Romania as Regina Maria (F222)
  • HMS Bruiser (F96) - Sold to Chile as CNS Almirante Williams (FF-19)
  • HMS Boadicea (F98) - Sold to Romania as Regele Ferdinand (F221)

Block Three[edit]

  • HMS Cornwall (F99)
  • HMS Cumberland (F85)
  • HMS Campbeltown (F86)
  • HMS Chatham (F87)
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