Trumpeter HMS Westminster F237 Type 23 Frigate 1:350 Scale Plastic Model Ship Kit (TM04546)
- Scale 1:350
- Item Type Static Kit
- Model Brief Length: 380mm Beam: 46.8mm
- Total Parts 400+
- Photo Etched Parts 1 piece
- Total Sprues 12 sprues , hull and deck
- More Features The kit consists of over 400 parts
- 1 EH-101 helicopters with fine details included.
- photo-etched frets for antenna etc.
HMS Westminster is a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, and the second ship to bear the name. She was launched on 4 February 1992.
Westminster was used for the interior shots in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies in three different roles - as HMS Chester, HMS Devonshire and HMS Bedford. For the exterior shots a model was constructed.
In December 2005, the ship's company of Westminster were all granted Freedom of the City of London. 200 naval officers and sailors in full ceremonial uniform paraded through the streets of London from Westminster Abbey to Horse Guards as part of the celebration service. Westminster was chosen as a very rare recognition of her contributions to Westminster schools, local charities and the community as a whole. The honour entitles the crew the freedom to "parade through the City on all ceremonial occasions in full panoply and with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed".
She was deployed to Burma in May 2008 to spearhead the British relief effort after Cyclone Nargis devastated the country, but later had to withdraw after the junta refused to grant permission for aid to be landed.
In March 2011, Westminster took part in Operation Ellamy, the British role in the coalition action during the 2011 Libyan civil war by enforcing a naval blockade. She took part in Exercise Saxon Warrior in the Western Approaches with the US aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush in May 2011, culminating in a so-called 'Thursday War'.
On 23 January 2012, Westminster departed Portsmouth to reinforce the British guided-missile destroyer Daring that was also underway for the Persian Gulf to relieve the frigate Argyll.
Whilst in the Persian Gulf she made a port call in Dubai where one of her sailors disappeared prompting a bilateral search between the Royal Navy and local authorities. The sailor was Leading Seaman Timothy Andrew MacColl, 27, from Gosport in Hampshire.