HMS Forth Visits Gibraltar

August 1, 2019 – HMS Forth has paid her first visit to Gibraltar as the Portsmouth-based patrol vessel continues to write the ‘operators’ manual’ for the five-strong class of warships. With the unmistakable outline of The Rock behind her, the UK’s newest operational warship debuts in the Mediterranean. The 2,000-tonne ship began operations this spring after an intensive period of training off western Scotland. She’s conducted her inaugural fishery protection patrol and inspected trawlers, and shadowed a Russian warship through the Channel as part of her role safeguarding home waters.…

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HMS Medway handed over as HMS Forth readies for sea

March 13, 2019 – The transformation of the patrol ship force has taken a big step forward as HMS Medway raised the White Ensign for the first time. The ship was handed over from BAE Systems, whose workforce joined the ship’s company on the flight deck to celebrate the milestone. Meanwhile HMS Forth and her crew are in the final stages to resume trials and training. “People think these ships are tiny. They are not,” said Lieutenant Sam Fields, Forth’s Executive Officer. “The rest of the Navy is in for a…

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HMS Medway Christened

Meet the latest addition to the Naval family: HMS Medway, the second of five new patrol vessels for the fleet. This morning a bottle of Chatham-made Dockyard Gin smashed against the bow of the 2,000-tonne warship, formally named at BAE’s Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and sponsor of Medway throughout her active life. In under two years’ time the ship will be on patrol – either at home or abroad – as one of the second-generation River-class vessels ordered by…

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