Duke-class Type 23 Frigate
HMS Northumberland was built by Swan Hunter on the Tyne at Wallsend
and launched by her sponsor Lady Kerr. She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on the 29 September 1994. Northumberland is the eighth RN ship to bear the name and the ninth in the class of Type 23 frigates. She is based at Devonport and is part of the Devonport Flotilla. She deployed back to the Indian Ocean in the Autumn of 2012 for counter-piracy and counter-narcotics tasking. This included the successful capture and destruction of over £5M of cannabis resin from a smuggler in the Arabian Sea. The illustration shows the ship equipped with Sea Ceptor missile system.