RN’s new River-class sets sail for new home
The RN’s new River-class Batch 2 OPV, HMS Tamar, departed from the BAE Systems shipyard on the River Clyde on 27 March, destined for its new base in Portsmouth.
HMS Tamar is designed for maritime security operations including intelligence gathering.
Each of the vessels costs £116 million ($145 million) with the MoD investing a total of £648 million in the River-class Batch 2 programme.
Tamar has a displacement of 2,000t and the OPV is powered by a MAN Diesel & Turbo 16V28/33D marine engine. This provides it with a top speed of 24kt and a range of 5,500 nautical miles.
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