Defence Minister formally announces the acceptance of the first of Royal Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), the 90-metre warship HMS Forth.
Defence Minister Guto Bebb on the bridge of HMS Forth during his tour of the ship. @Crown Copyright
The warship successfully completed her sea trials in December and will soon be sailed to her home naval base in Portsmouth. From there she will be used for anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, counter-terrorism operations.
Defence Minister Guto Bebb said:
“Thanks to the hard work of the Clyde shipyards, HMS Forth is now ready to join the Royal Navy surface fleet and begin the vital task of defending the UK and her interests around the world.”
HMS Forth is first of five new OPVs manufactured for the Royal Navy and will start service later this year. Her sister warships HMS Medway, HMS Tamar, HMS Trent and HMS Spey should all have entered service by 2020.
HMS Forth will be equipped with a flight deck capable of receiving a Merlin helicopter, a 30mm cannon and will be able to sail 5,500 nautical miles before the need to resupply.
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