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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Illegal salvagers punished after HMS Severn stops plunder of WW1 wreck

January 21, 2018 – Thieves have been fined nearly £250,000 after being caught by the Royal Navy plundering a WW1 shipwreck. Instead of nets and beams plucking fish from the Atlantic, the crew of HMS Severn found the huge hydraulic claws of Dutch-registered salvage ship Friendship lifting £90,000 of steel and copper. The metal was stripped from the wreck of the SS Harrovian, sunk by a German submarine 80 miles southwest of the Scilly Isles in 1916. The British steamer was heading from New York to Le Havre in France carrying…

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HMS Severn decommissions after 14 years of service

Fourteen years of distinguished service by HMS Severn was honoured today at a ceremony in HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The ship’s company and guests gathered at South Railway Jetty for a final inspection and service of thanksgiving for her crew and the safe completion of her commission. [smartslider3 slider=36] HMS Severn has now reached the end of her planned service life, and the majority of her 45 personnel will remain within the squadron. She was the first of the Royal Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels ever to undertake North Atlantic patrol…

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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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