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Royal Navy’s new OPV named

10th March 2017 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The first new River class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) being built for the UK's Royal Navy has been officially named, it was announced on 9 March.

The 1,800 tonne, 90m vessel was named HMS Forth during a ceremony at BAE Systems' site at Scotstoun in Glasgow.

HMS Forth is the first of a fleet of five new Batch 2 River-class OPVs being built on the Clyde which are all expected to be in service by 2021. The OPVs will be tasked with a range of missions, including counter-terrorism, anti-smuggling and maritime defence duties.

The vessel is now preparing to embark on sea trials and is expected to enter service with the Royal Navy in 2018.

Harriett Baldwin, UK Minister for Defence Procurement, said: 'From counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean, to securing the UK's borders on patrols closer to home, the Royal Navy's new OPVs will help protect our interests around the world.'

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