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UK forward-basing trend expands as Medway heads to Caribbean

27th January 2020 - 17:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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As the UK RN’s River-class Batch 2 OPV HMS Medway heads out on its transatlantic journey to take up station as Atlantic Patrol Ship (North) (APS (N)), the forward-deployed model that the class will operate under continues to mature.

Setting out from Gibraltar harbour on 27 January, Medway will spend the foreseeable future in the Caribbean and surrounding waters, conducting a range of maritime security and defence diplomacy tasks. The British Overseas Territory of Bermuda will be its first port of call, approximately 5,390km distant.

Medway takes over from the Bay-class auxiliary landing ship (dock) RFA Mounts Bay, which

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