HMS Kent Departs Tripoli, Libya
The first Royal Navy frigate to be invited to Tripoli in over 40 years has concluded a successful visit.
HMS Kent, a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, berthed in the busy port of Tarabulus and was one element of Britain’s continued support to Libya. The visit was symbolic of the UK’s commitment to Libya’s transition into a more stable, open and democratic state.
During her stay in Tripoli, HMS Kent hosted a series of events to assist the Libyan Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Interior in their efforts to rebuild essential security structures.
Engagements included official receptions, providing a platform for UK Trade and Industry representatives, alongside meetings with Libyan politicians, officials and civic groups.
These efforts are part of the wider UK effort to support Libya with advisors working with Libyan colleagues in defence, police, borders and justice, helping Libya realise her full potential.
The Head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, said:
“HMS Kent’s visit to Tripoli was a welcome opportunity for the Royal Navy to support Libya’s transition at this important time and typical of the international engagement activities that we undertake world wide.”
HMS Kent’s Commanding Officer, Cdr Ben Ripley, said:
“My ship’s company and I really enjoyed our visit to Tripoli. The Royal Navy is proud to be able to support Libya, and we were humbled by their generosity of spirit.”
The men and women of HMS Kent also undertook a number of cultural events to engender a better understanding of how the Royal Navy operates and started on a path that will lead a longstanding relationship with the Libyan military.
HMS Kent is now continuing her journey further east to conduct, amongst other planned activities, counter-piracy operations. Her configuration makes her capable of fulfilling a diverse number of roles during her planned seven month deployment.
HMS Kent Factfile
- Built in Scotland on the River Clyde near Glasgow, she was launched by Princess Alexandra of Kent 27 May 1998 and accepted into the Royal Navy 8 June 2000
- She has a displacement of 4,900 tonnes, measures 133 metres overall and is 16.1 metres wide with a range of 7,800 nautical miles.
- Onboard she has a crew of 185 personnel headed by Commander Ben Ripley Royal Navy.
- She recently emerged from a £24 million refit with upgraded computers, sensors, guns and engines.
Naval Today Staff, April 5, 2013; Image: Royal Navy