Frigate FAQs:

Q: Was a frigate a type of ironclad warship that for a time was the most powerful type of vessel afloat?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a frigate assumed first by the protected cruiser and then by the light cruiser?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a frigate a desirable posting?

A: Yes.

Q: Were frigates redesignated as guided missile cruisers or destroyers , while ocean escorts ) were reclassified as frigates , sometimes incorrectly called "fast frigates")?

A: Yes, In the late 1970s the US Navy introduced the 51-ship Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigates , the last of which was decommissioned in 2015, although some serve in other navies.

Q: Are frigates specialised for anti-submarine warfare?

A: Yes.

Q: Are frigates often the vessel of choice in historical naval novels due to their relative freedom compared to ships of the line and smaller vessels?

A: Yes, For example, the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey–Maturin series, C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series and Alexander Kent's Richard Bolitho series.

Q: Are frigates listed under Turkey?

A: Yes.

Q: Were frigates perhaps the hardest-worked of warship types during the Age of Sail?

A: Yes.

Q: Were frigates therefore stationed to windward or leeward of the main line of battle?

A: Yes, and had to maintain a clear line of sight to the commander's flagship.

Q: Is a frigate built with steam engines and screw propellers?

A: Yes.

Q: Were frigates classed as sixth rate?

A: Yes.

Q: Were frigates built between 1777 and 1790, with a standard design averaging a hull length of 135 ft and an average draught of 13 ft?

A: Yes, The new frigates recorded sailing speeds of up to 14 knots , significantly faster than their predecessor vessels.

Q: Were frigates built around 1600 at Hoorn in Holland?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a frigate an example of a specialised anti-submarine warfare frigate?

A: Yes.

Q: Were frigates involved in fleet battles, often as "repeating frigates"?

A: Yes, In the smoke and confusion of battle, signals made by the fleet commander, whose flagship might be in the thick of the fighting, might be missed by the other ships of the fleet.

Q: Was a frigate an austere and weatherly vessel suitable for mass-construction and fitted with the latest innovations in anti-submarine warfare?

A: Yes.

Q: Were frigates kept in service in peacetime as a cost-saving measure and to provide experience to frigate captains and officers which would be useful in wartime?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a frigate intended purely for convoy duties?

A: Yes, and not to deploy with the fleet, it had limited range and speed.

Q: Were frigates considered too valuable to operate independently?

A: Yes.

Q: Were frigates used to replace aging destroyers?

A: Yes, however in size and role the new German frigates exceed the former class of destroyers.

Q: Are frigates used to protect other warships and merchant-marine ships?

A: Yes, and especially as anti-submarine warfare combatants for amphibious expeditionary forces, underway replenishment groups, and merchant convoys.

Q: Was a frigate designed and built to the same mercantile construction standards as the corvette?

A: Yes, and allowing manufacture by yards unused to warship construction.

Q: Are frigates equipped with some form of offensive or defensive missiles, and as such are rated as guided-missile frigates?

A: Yes, Improvements in surface-to-air missiles allow modern guided-missile frigates to form the core of many modern navies and to be used as a fleet defence platform, without the need for specialised anti-air warfare frigates.

Q: Are frigates related to earlier frigates only by name?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a frigate introduced to remedy some of the shortcomings inherent in the corvette design: limited armament?

A: Yes, and a hull form not suited to open-ocean work, a single shaft which limited speed and maneuverability, and a lack of range.

Q: Are frigates listed under Italy?

A: Yes.