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HMS Arrow (F173)

The Royal Navy frigate HMS Arrow (F173) underway in April 1982.

The Type 21 frigate (or Amazon-class frigate), was a Royal Navy general-purpose escort that was designed in the late 1960s, built in the 1970s and served throughout the 1980s into the early 2010s. The Royal Indian Navy also order six vessels in the late 1980s which entered service in the 1990s.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: General Purpose Frigate
  • Service Period: 1974-2010 (Royal Navy); 1994-Present (Royal Indian Navy)
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 390 feet (118.87 meters)
    • Beam: 41.8 feet (12.74 meters)
    • Draught: 19 feet (5.8 meters)
    • Displacement: 2,860 tons (Standard); 3,360 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 180 (16 officers and 164 ratings)
  • Propulsion: 2 x Rolls Royce Tyne RM1A gas turbines, 2 x Rolls Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines, 2 x shafts, 117,000 shp (86,600 kW)
  • Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers) at 17 knots (31.48 km/h)
  • Speed: 32 knots (59.26 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 992Q Air/Surface Search RDF
    • Type 978 Navigation RDF
    • Type 912 Fire Control RDF
    • Type 184M ASDIC
    • Type 162M ASDIC
  • Armament:
    • 1 x 4.5"/45-caliber Mk.8 naval gun
    • 2 x GWS.30 Sea Dart AAM Launcher
    • 2 x 4-cannister Broadsword AShM Launchers
    • 2 x Oerlikon 20mm cannons (replaced by 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS)
    • 2 x 12.75" STWS-1 triple torpedo tubes
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x Westland Wasp (later Westland Lynx)
  • Aviation Facilities: Flight Deck and Enclosed Hangar

Unit RunEdit

Royal NavyEdit

  • HMS Amazon (F169)
  • HMS Antelope (F170)
  • HMS Active (F171)
  • HMS Ambuscade (F172)
  • HMS Arrow (F173)
  • HMS Alacrity (F174)
  • HMS Acheron (F175)
  • HMS Association (F176)
  • HMS Azalea (F177)
  • HMS Ambrose (F178)
  • HMS Ameer (F179)
  • HMS Attacker (F180)
  • HMS Alert (F181)
  • HMS Arrowhead (F182)
  • HMS Agile (F183)
  • HMS Ardent (F184)
  • HMS Avenger (F185)
  • HMS Amphion (F186)

Royal Indian NavyEdit

  • HMIS Tariq (F181)
  • HMIS Babur (F182)
  • HMIS Khaibar (F183)
  • HMIS Badr (F184)
  • HMIS Tippu Sultan (F185)
  • HMIS Shah Jahan (F186)

Ukrainian NavyEdit

  • Hetman Sahaydachniy (F130)
  • Krasny Vympel (F131)
  • Hetman Bayda Vyshnevetsky (F132)

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