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Regele Ferdinand (F221)

Frigate Warship

Romania | 2004

"Regele Ferdinand F221 is the ex-HMS Coventry of the British Royal Navy - given renewed life to serve the modern Romanian Naval Forces."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for Regele Ferdinand (F221).
COGOG (COmbined Gas-Or-Gas): 2 x Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines developing 54,000 horsepower (dashing) with 2 x Rolls-Royce Tyne RM1C gas turbines developing 9,700 horsepower (cruising) driving 2 x Shafts astern.
30.0 kts
34.5 mph
Surface Speed
4,519 nm
5,200 miles | 8,369 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of Regele Ferdinand (F221).
481.0 ft
146.61 meters
O/A Length
49.0 ft
14.94 meters
21.0 ft
6.40 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of Regele Ferdinand (F221).
1 x 76mm /62 caliber OTO-Melara Super-Rapid turreted deck gun.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of Regele Ferdinand (F221).
1 x IAR-330 Puma Naval helicopter launched, retrieved, and maintained from the stern-based helipad.
Ships-in-Class (2)
Notable series variants as part of the Regele Ferdinand (F221) family line as relating to the Type 22 group.
Regele Ferdinand (F221); Regina Maria (F222)

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Type 22 frigates served the British Royal Navy into 2011 at which point the class of fourteen-strong, built across three batches, was succeeded by the Type 23 design. Surviving ships were then sold off to the navies of Brazil, Chile, and Romania to continue their ocean-going careers under different flags. Romania acquired two of the class, HMS London (F95) and HMS Coventry (F98). Coventry, acquired in 2003, was renamed Regele Ferdinand (F221) and formally commissioned on September 9th, 2004. It remains in active service today (2021) as the fleet's flagship.

The warship has an overall (bow-to-stern) length of 486 feet, a beam of 49 feet, and a draught of 21 feet. Displacing 5,300 tons, the vessel is powered through 4 x Rolls-Royce gas turbines driving the warship to speeds of 30 knots (cruising is typically done at 18 knots). Range is out to 4,500 nautical miles (5,200 miles) and aboard is a complement of 250 personnel. Armament consists of 1 x 76mm /62 caliber OTO-Melara Super-Rapid turreted deck gun.

The ship carries a single IAR-330 Puma Naval helicopter launched and retrieved from the stern helipad. Hangar facilities are provided at the aft-end of the hull superstructure.

The vessel's profile sees a stepped hull approach with the turreted deck gun over the forcastle and the bridge section immediately aft. Two main masts are present with the low-profile smoke funnels at midships. The aft superstructure section is integrated to the main section, offering a completely unbroken hull line from turret-aft to the helipad.

Regele Ferdinand (F221) has been selected for modernization alongside sister-ship Regina Maria (F222). In addition to this, the class will be joined by four French-originated Gowind-class multi-mission corvettes - these already serve the Egyptian, Malaysian, and Argentine navies.

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Global operator(s) of the Regele Ferdinand (F221). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Swan Hunter - UK
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