Defence Secretary secures ships to protect home waters

November 22, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has secured the protection of British home waters by announcing he will retain three of the Royal Navy’s patrol ships. The future of the Batch 1 Offshore Patrols Vessels (OPVs), HMS Tyne, HMS Mersey and HMS Severn, which currently support the Fishery Protection Squadron, have been secured by the Defence Secretary. They will be retained for at least the next two years to bolster the UK’s ability to protect our fishing fleet as well as our shores. The Royal Navy currently provide…

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HMS Forth is officially commissioned into the Royal Navy

HMS Forth, the first of the Royal Navy’s next-generation of Offshore Patrol ships has been formally commissioned into the Fleet. Held at her home base of Portsmouth, the commissioning ceremony for HMS Forth represents the second ship to join the Royal Navy in less than six months. [smartslider3 slider=71] After the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in December, HMS Forth is the next generation of warships to arrive as part of the government’s £178bn plan to give the Armed Forces the equipment it needs over the next decade. She is…

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New Offshore Patrol Vssel Christened HMS Trent

HMS Trent, the third of the Royal Navy’s five new Offshore Patrol Vessels, has been formally named at the Glasgow shipyard where she was built. Within the next few days the 90-metre warship, which is the third to be named following HMS Forth and HMS Medway, will take to the water for the first time and make the short journey across the Clyde from Govan to Scotstoun where she will be fitted out for sea trials. The ship’s sponsor, Mrs Pamela Potts, officially named the ship by pressing a button to…

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Forth Maiden Arrival Portsmouth February 24th

The first of the Royal Navy’s next-generation patrol ships set sail from Glasgow today for her homeport of Portsmouth. HMS Forth is the first of a class of five state-of-the-art Royal Navy vessels, designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter terrorism and other maritime defence duties. [smartslider3 slider=64] They will become the RN’s eyes and ears around the UK, help to safeguard fishing stocks, reassure and protect Falkland Islanders and, if necessary, deploy to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and elsewhere to safeguard our physical and economic interests around the…

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Future HMS Forth Delivered

The first of the Navy’s next-generation patrol ships has been formally accepted after four months of extensive trials. HMS Forth has been signed over to the MOD from builders BAE Systems, ready to make her debut in her future home of Portsmouth next month. She’s the first of five offshore patrol ships built to replace the four original River-class ships which were introduced into service between 2003 and 2007. The latter are now in the process of being withdrawn (HMS Severn paid off late last year) in favor of their…

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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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The Forth is with us – Navy’s new patrol ship makes her debut at sea

The first of the Royal Navy’s next-generation patrol ships is today at sea as she sailed down the Clyde for the first time. HMS Forth leads a class of five state-of-the-art warships which will act as the RN’s eyes and ears around the UK, help to safeguard fishing stocks, reassure and protect Falkland Islanders and deploy to the Mediterranean and Caribbean if necessary. Designed for a crew of just under 60 (but needing only 38 crew at any one time to go to sea), the ship departed Scotstoun – where…

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First River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel named in Glasgow

March 9, 2017 – HMS FORTH, the first of the five new River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), was officially named today during a ceremony at BAE Systems’ site at Scotstoun in Glasgow in this important year for the Royal Navy. Guests watched as Mrs Johnstone-Burt, HMS FORTH’s sponsor and wife of Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, the Master of the Household to the Sovereign and former Chief of Staff to NATO’s Supreme Allied Command Transformation, named the 1,800 tonne, 90-metre-long vessel. In keeping with tradition, Mrs Johnstone-Burt smashed a bottle…

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Batch Two River Class to Have Kelvin-Hughes Radar

February 20, 2017 – Kelvin Hughes announced in April 2015 that it had been selected to supply its SharpEye™ systems for the new Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) – HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent. Today, the company is delighted to announce that it will also be supplying the same industry-leading radar equipment for the two latest Batch 2 ships – HMS Tamar and HMS Spey. Each ship will be equipped with a SharpEye™ I-Band radar for helicopter control and navigation as well as an E/F-Band SharpEye™ radar for navigation and…

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