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Royal Navy names HMS Spey OPV

4th October 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Royal Navy announced the naming of the last of its new River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPV), HMS Spey, during a ceremony held in Glasgow on 3 October.  

HMS Spey has been built by BAE Systems built in Glasgow, and is the last of five in its class, the construction of the first of which began in late 2014.

‘Today’s ceremony is a truly significant milestone for the River-class offshore patrol vessel programme and builds on our proud heritage of British shipbuilding here in Glasgow,’ David Shepherd, OPV programme director at BAE Systems, said. 

‘There has been fantastic momentum on this programme and the naming of HMS Spey serves as a great reminder of the importance of the capability and skills of our employees who are working together with the Royal Navy and partners to deliver these important ships.’

The vessel will be used to support a range of operations including counter-terrorism, anti-smuggling, and border security.  

The first two ships in the class, HMS Forth and HMS Medway, are now in service with the Royal Navy.

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