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 Mersey returns home after 13 months’ work tackling people trafficking and drug smuggling

February 10, 2017 – Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Mersey is back home in Portsmouth today after spending 13 months supporting efforts to tackle people trafficking and drug smuggling. Families and friends of those on board lined the jetty side this morning, accompanied by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth, to welcome their loved ones home. The River-class patrol ship left Portsmouth in January 2016, heading for the Caribbean before travelling east to the Mediterranean and later on to the Aegean. “I’m really happy to see my family…

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