📸 In Pictures: Life onboard HMS Northumberland
The Type 23 frigate recently deployed to the Western Atlantic off the eastern seaboard off the USA, supporting aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and her embarked F-35 fighter jets as they were put through their paces
Total displacement: 4,900 tonnes
Total length: 133 metres
Top speed: 28+ knots
HMS Northumberland was originally designed to carry out anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic. Today, this versatile ship carries out a wide variety of maritime security operations, including counter-piracy, escort duties and boarding operations.
As the name suggests, HMS Northumberland maintains close ties with the North East of England. She was built by the Swan Hunter shipyard in Tyne and Wear and is affiliated with the county of Northumberland.
During operations with HMS Queen Elizabeth and the UK Carrier Strike group, Northumberland was deployed in her role as an expert submarine hunter, providing vital protection from subsurface threats to the group of allied warships.
Using her specialist equipment, including state of the art Sonar 2087 Variable Depth Sonar, Northumberland kept tabs on activity below the waves, as the largest and most powerful European-led maritime force in almost 20 years gathered.