|Leaving Portsmouth harbour 20/06/07
On July 21, 2004, in the Delivering Security in a Changing World review of defence spending, Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon announced that HMS Norfolk, Marlborough and Grafton were to be paid off. In 2005 it was announced that these three vessels would be sold to the Chilean Navy, to be delivered in 2008. In September 2005 BAE Systems was awarded a £134 million GBP contract to prepare the frigates for transfer. The first ship was handed over by the Defence Logistics Organisation and BAE Systems to the Chilean Navy on the 22nd November 2006, and named Almirante Cochrane.
Complement: 185; 17 officers, 57 senior ratings, 111 junior ratings Displacement: 3,500 tonnes standard, 4,900 tonnes full Length: 133 m (436.2 ft) Beam: 16.1 m (52.8 ft) Draught: 5.5 m (18.0 ft) Propulsion:
CODLAG (Combined Diesel-eLectric And Gas);
2 x Rolls-Royce Spey SM1A gas turbines, 31,100 shp (25 MW)
4 x GEC-Alsthom Paxman Valenta diesels, 8,100 bhp (6.01 MW)
2 x GEC electric motors, 4,000 shp (3 MW)
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h) maximum Range: 12,500 km at 15 knots (28 km/h)