HMS Argyll sails home to Glasgow

Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll returned to Glasgow on Friday, March 6, for the first time in five years.

The Clyde-built warship was alongside the city’s King George V Dock for a five day stay, and her crew had a packed programme of events during the visit.

HMS Argyll was constructed at Scotstoun in the 1980s and is the longest-serving type 23 in the Royal Navy fleet.

Most recently the ship used her advanced Artisan radar and Lynx helicopter to spot and monitor a Russian warship in the English Channel and has also completed successful Caribbean and North Atlantic missions where she helped seize £77M worth of drugs.  

In the many years since her launch, HMS Argyll has protected UK interests across the globe.

Commander Paul Hammond

The Glasgow visit comes ahead of her maintenance period which will see HMS Argyll’s systems and hull enhanced.  

Commander Paul Hammond, the Commanding Officer of HMS Argyll, said:  “I am delighted to bring this most capable Clyde built warship into Glasgow.  In the many years since her launch, HMS Argyll has protected UK interests across the globe.

“In the last five years alone, she has deployed to the Gulf, the Falklands and the Caribbean and her continued versatility and service is a testimony to the dedication and professionalism of those who built her.”

During the visit the ship’s company will host affiliated organisations, including Sea Cadet units, and give a series of organised tours to local schools’ groups.

On Saturday, March 7, a group of catering students from City of Glasgow College worked with Argyll’s chefs to provide an Affiliate’s Lunch and members of the local Royal Naval Association will be given a tour of the ship.  On Sunday there was a capability demonstration for selected guests.  

Meanwhile, on Monday, the ship’s company headed to Ibrox Stadium at the invitation of Rangers before heading to the Fairfield Shipyard Heritage Centre.