Privately Printed, N.P., 1st.ed., 2000. 80 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs & other illustrations (many cold.). D.j., 24 x 21cm. FINE. HMS KENT was the first ship of the Royal Navy to be commissioned in the 21st century. A Type 23 Duke class frigate, and the twelfth ship to bear the name, Yarrow began construction in April 1997 and she was first commissioned at Portsmouth in June 2000, Commander John Clink, RN., being her first commanding officer. This profusely illustrated book provides a detailed profile of the frigate and her first crew, plus a history of the eleven ships of the name that have gone before her. In March 2002, KENT completed a five-month mission in the Persian Gulf during which she set a record by seizing £4 millions of oil and illegal cargo. She has led an active life since then, in July 2013 she was operating off the Horn of Africa on anti-piracy and anti-drug patrol. Since late 2016 she has been undergoing an extensive refit at Devonport. FINE COPY.