New Plymouth Shipbuilding
US$900 million per boat
109 m (358 ft) waterline length
14.8 m (49 ft)
4.35 m (14.3 ft) at full load
Combined Diesel or Gas (CODOG):
Mark 36 SRBOC launchers
1 × 5-inch 54 calibre Mark 45 dual
2 x SLAe Bobcat MH2
>> Town-class frigate
The Town class is a class of frigates operated by the Royal Serpens Land Navy. During the 1980s, the Royal Serpens Land Navy began phasing out it's old Rothesay class frigates. They planned to replace it with a mid capability patrol frigate. In 1990, work began on the first ship of the class - HMSLS Fort Charlotte. Her armament initially consisted of a single 5-inch gun and a point-defence missile system, supported by a missile-armed helicopter. From HMSLS Bramber (the second ship in the class) onwards, the ships were fitted with Mark 46 torpedoes, Harpoon missiles and a Phalanx CIWS. These upgrades were later added to HMSLS Fort Charlotte.
The design of the Town class is largely based off of the Blohm + Voss' MEKO 200 PN frigate. Each frigate has a 3,600 tonne displacement. The ships are 109 m at the waterline with a beam of 14.8 m draught of 4.35 m. The hull and superstructure are of all-steel construction, and the ships are fitted with fin stabilisers.
The ships are propelled by a combined diesel or gas propulsion system powering 2 controllable pitch propellers. The Town class' max speed it 30 knots.
The Town class has aviation facilities for 2 marine helicopters.
Royal Serpens Land Navy