HMS Richmond is a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy launched on April 6, 1993. The vessel was designed to hunt submarines. Since the end of the Cold War, the naval shipâ€™s role has expanded, from counter narcotics and anti-piracy to disrupting people trafficking and detaining criminals.
Recently, HMS Richmond gained international spotlight by transiting through Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from the mainland China. The warship chose this path to visit Vietnam and the Vietnam Peopleâ€™s Navy. This region is disputed as China considers Taiwan to be a part of its sovereign territory.