HMS Trent Completes Sea Trials

June 13, 2019 – The third of the Navy’s new patrol ships has successfully completed her first spell at sea after two weeks in the Firth of Clyde.

HMS Trent was put through her paces between Arran, Bute and Great Cumbrae – the very same waters where her older sisters HMS Forth and Medway were tested by a mix of civilian sailors/engineers and ship’s company.

Due to be handed over to the Navy later this year for duties at home or abroad, Trent’s trials allowed her to test her main engineering systems and sensors – engines, water production, sewage and waste collection, electricity generation, radar and the like – and allows shipwrights to make tweaks and fix any problems once the ship returns to BAE’s yard at Scotstoun.

Future members of the ship’s company were invited to join Trent for the trials to get used to her systems and capabilities ready to operate and maintain it themselves once she formally joins the Fleet later this year – a big step closer thanks to the success of the maiden spell at sea.