Don't miss the January issue, out 2 December, for a full boat test of this £175 million warship

In the January 2014 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting, on the shelves 2 December, we introduce a new annual event for the magazine – the Christmas boat test special.

SEE SOME BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS FROM THE TEST ON THE MBY FACEBOOK PAGE.

The very first subject of this new series is none other than HMS Sutherland, one of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.

The Type 23 frigate forms the backbone of the Royal Navy’s fleet, and we got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put it through the full boat test ringer.

“This was something special – a definite first for MBY,” said editor Hugo Andreae. “Not only is the frigate the largest boat we’ve ever tested, it’s the most lethal!”

Do not miss the January issue, to see just how this 133m, £175 million, 34,000hp frigate performed in the only boat test of its kind anywhere.

Make MBY the perfect Christmas gift!