HMS Tamar Christened

March 21, 2019 – HMS Tamar, the fourth of the Royal Navy’s five cutting-edge new Offshore Patrol Vessels, has been formally Christened in Glasgow today. The next-generation River Class ship will boost Britain’s counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling work and provide essential support to defense operations. The 90-metre vessel, which is equipped with a 30mm cannon and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter, is part of a five-strong OPV contract with BAE Systems, worth a combined £635m. Minister for Defence Procurement Stuart Andrew said, “From patrolling our coastlines and protecting…

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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 Tamar is launched as HMS Medway gears up for maiden voyage

October 17, 2018 – The second of the Navy’s next-generation patrol ships makes her debut at sea next month – as the fourth ship entered the water for the first time. HMS Tamar became the latest second-generation River-class ship to be officially launched, lowered into the water at BAE System’s Govan yard, then towed three kilometers downstream to the firm’s Scotstoun facility, where fitting out takes place. There she joins Ship No.3 in the class, HMS Trent, and No.2, HMS Medway, which are both being fitted out. Medway is days…

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Royal Navy prepares for future UK fishery patrols

HMS Forth is the first of five state-of-the-art Royal Navy vessels designed for fishery protection, as well as counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, border patrol, counter terrorism and maritime defence duties. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, The Royal Navy has a proud tradition of protecting the UK’s coastline and keeping a close eye on our fishing waters. With these state-of-the-art, vastly capable ships we stand ready to protect our fisheries once Britain leaves the EU.” The River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) ‘production line’ is moving apace with the £116 million ships emerging at…

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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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