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UK and Belgian ships to visit DSEI

31st August 2021 - 09:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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HMS Argyll alongside at DSEI in 2019. (Photo: DSEI.)

Five RN and international ships will visit this year's Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event in London.

Shephard can reveal that the UK RN Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Argyll, Archer-class P2000-type patrol vessels HMS Biter and Ranger, survey ship HMS Magpie will visit London's ExCel Centre during DSEI on 14-17 September.

Belgian coastal patrol vessel BNS Pollux will also be alongside during the event.

Argyll's Commanding Officer CDR Charlie Wheen said: 'I am delighted that HMS Argyll can once again support DSEI. We are the oldest serving Frigate in the Royal Navy, and yet through constant capability upgrades we remain one of the most technologically advanced ships in the fleet.'

Argyll was previously on show at DSEI in 2019, where it displayed the Sea Ceptor missile system and has since deployed to the Gulf.

Wheen added: 'Since then [DSEI 2019] the Ship has deployed to the Middle East, operated at reach through the Pandemic in 2020, and more recently trialled Sea Ceptor and the Artisan Radar 997 to develop new capabilities against complex threats during Ex Formidable Shield.'

Part of the RN's Coastal Forces Squadron, two inshore patrol vessels, Ranger and Biter, will make their DSEI debut. Earlier this year, Ranger supported security operations surrounding the G7 event.

Biter's Commanding Officer Lt Rebecca Higgins said: 'After a year of tasking hampered by COVID-19 I am thankful that DSEI is able to go ahead and for the opportunity to be a part of it assisting with waterborne capability demonstrations or through enabling people the best view from the water.'

The RN's only commissioned inshore survey vessel, Magpie, will also be on display. The ship's primary role is to conduct detailed surveys of UK ports and approaches. In support of this, Magpie is fitted with advanced survey systems and the capability to deploy and recover UUVs.

Belgium's BNS Pollux visit to DSEI will be the ship's first visit to a foreign port in 18 months and its second time attending DSEI.

Pollux and its sister ship BNS Castor form part of the Belgian Navy's contribution to the country's Coastguard. The vessels support coastal security in Belgium's exclusive economic zone and territorial waters.

Waterborne demonstrations during DSEI in 2019. (Photo: DSEI)

Running between 14-17 September, DSEI will also play host to a range of waterborne demonstrations.

During the week, Allsat Maritime, in partnership with Simrad and Ambex, will demonstrate the Very Slender Vessel 50, a 16m carbon fibre interceptor.

In addition, Atlas Elektronik will showcase its SEA-class RN Officer Training Boats (OTBs). The OTBs offer self-contained training facilities, accommodating nine personnel and four instructors. A total of eight have been formally handed over to the UK MoD.

The Berthon Boat Company Gemini Waverider, 8.8m metre RIB, will also be on show.

Saab will exhibit its new Docksta CB 90HSM multi-mission combat boat, an evolution of the CB90 boat. The 16.3m craft features a weapons platform that supports stabilised turntables, small missile systems and remote weapon stations.

Survitec will demonstrate the air, land, sea and subsurface deployable GPM 530 inflatable boat. The craft is in service with NATO operators and can be configured to support a range of missions.

Volvo Penta will showcase the Marell M15 Patrol vessel, designed for anti-piracy, border control and maritime security, among other missions. The craft features a central helmsman position inherited from racing and piloting operations.

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