Royal Navy commissions 4th Batch 2 River-class OPV December 22, 2020, by Naida Hakirevic On 17 December 2020, the Royal Navy commissioned HMS Tamar, the fourth new River-class patrol ship, during a short ceremony in Portsmouth. In December 2011 it was reported that the Brazilian Navy were interested in buying the vessels, and possibly up to five additional vessels of the same design. The ship was built in Thailand but with design, technology transfer and support provided by BAE Systems. The service ordered five Batch II River-class OPVs in 2014 to supplement the Batch I vessels. In addition, the deck is strong enough for the transport of various tracked and wheeled light vehicles, or an LCVP. HMS Mersey (P283) commissioned in December 2003. The Batch 1 ships of the class replaced the seven ships of the Island class and the two Castle-class patrol vessels. [4] Clyde's elongated hull permits a 20-metre strengthened flight deck able to accommodate a AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin-sized helicopter. "[30], The class has been criticised in Parliamentary evidence for: lacking a helicopter hangar, something that will limit utility of the helicopter deck by preventing embarkation of a helicopter for anything other than very short periods; lacking a medium calibre gun (such as 76 mm); and poor value for money. Six are currently in active service. [4] In 2009, the average running costs for the River class were reported in Parliament at an estimated £20 million: "These figures, based on the expenditure incurred by the Ministry of Defence in 2009–10, include maintenance, safety certification, military upgrades, manpower, inventory, satellite communication, fuel costs and depreciation. [31] A criticism of the class is that the reasoning behind their commissioning was simply to ensure that public money continued to support BAE dockyards and jobs prior to the ordering of the Type 26 warship. Facebook. HMS Medway was commissioned into the Royal Navy during a ceremony at Chatham Dockyard on September 19, 2019. The new offshore patrol vessel is an evolution of the 80m River Class vessels used by the British Royal Navy. Die Schiffe der River-Klasse sind Hochseepatrouillenboote (engl. BAE Systems has begun construction of the first of the Royal Navy’s three new River class Batch 3 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The third of five new River-class offshore patrol vessel being built for the Royal Navy entered service on August 3, just hours before starting her maiden deployment to the Mediterranean. Linkedin. To fulfill this role, Clyde incorporates several modifications, including an extended length 81.5 m (267 ft 5 in) hull, a top speed of 21 kn (39 km/h), a 30 mm cannon, two miniguns and mountings for five general purpose machine guns. In January 2016 it was announced that a contract had been signed to provide the Royal Thai Navy with a second ship based on the River-class OPV to be built under license at Bangkok Dock Company. [21], In February 2005, the Ministry of Defence placed an order with VT for the charter of a fourth modified River-class offshore patrol vessel. [44] HMS Spey was commissioned into the Royal Navy in Portsmouth on 7 January 2021. Defense Brief Editorial - August 3, 2020. HMS Spey (P234), the Royal Navy's fifth and final River-class Batch 2 offshore patrol vessel (OPV), departed BAE Systems’ shipyard in Glasgow on 28 October on her delivery voyage to her new home of Portsmouth Naval Base. Over the past few weeks the ship has been operating around Plymouth Sound and the South West sea training areas, carrying out her acceptance trials and a series of firsts for the ship and her crew. Australia's Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program has reached a new milestone with construction on the first Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) to be built in Western Australia commencing. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). "[15], On 24 April 2017, in a written answer to a question raised by Sir Nicholas Soames, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Defence Harriet Baldwin stated Severn would be decommissioned in 2017, with Mersey and Clyde following in 2019. Contact Us. [4] It was understood that the higher availability rates of the River class (up to 300 days per year), would enable the three new ships to perform the duties of the five ships they replaced. Nine of this class were built for the Royal Navy. For this purpose, a 25 tonne capacity crane is fitted. HMS Trent is the third of five River-class Batch 2 OPV on order for the Royal Navy. About Us HMS Trent is designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter terrorism and maritime defence duties. River-Class Batch 2 OPV ‘HMS Trent’ Commissioned With Royal Navy. The Ministry of Defence stated that the Batch 2 ships are capable of being used for constabulary duties such as "counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations". It is argued that because of the lacking features - which could have been incorporated for the price - the vessels will not be as capable in the ocean-going patrol capacity as claimed. [37], HMS Trent was commissioned in August 2020 and immediately deployed to the Mediterranean on anti-people smuggling tasks. [4] This fourth ship, Clyde (P257), was constructed at Portsmouth Dockyard and replaced the two Castle-class patrol vessels for duties around the South Atlantic and the Falkland Islands. Construction begins on Australia’s 3rd Arafura-class OPV, Naval Group Launches Second OPV for Argentina – A.R.A Piedrabuena, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin talks about the Royal Navy’s new frigates, IAI’s ELTA & HENSOLDT to Collaborate on Submarine Communications and Surveillance Systems, Displacment: 1700 tonnes (batch 1); 2000 tonnes (batch 2), Length: 79.5 m (batch 1); 90.5 m (batch 2), Propulsion: 2 × Ruston 12R270 diesel engines (batch 1); 2 × MAN 16V28/33D diesel engines (batch 2); 2 shafts and 2 × controllable-pitch propellers for both batches, Speed: 20 knots (batch 1); 24 knots (batch 2), Weapons: 1 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannon; 2 × General purpose machine guns (batch 1); 1 × Bushmaster 30 mm cannon; 2 × Miniguns; 2 × General purpose machine guns (batch 2). [39] The defence review suggested that the ships could be used to increase the Royal Navy's ability to defend UK interests at home and abroad. [33] The Royal Navy ships are built to more stringent naval standards, with features such as magazine protection, improved hull integrity and fire safety modifications, as well as greater redundancy. 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A total of nine were built for the Royal Navy (RN), four Batch 1 and five of the significantly different Batch 2. In early 2001, the Ministry of Defence placed an order with Vosper Thornycroft (VT) for three River-class offshore patrol vessels to replace the Island class. One has been decommissionned in 2019, another is conducting sea trials and the last one is being armed. They also carry a 30mm main cannon and can embark up … If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. The River class was a class of 151 frigates launched between 1941 and 1944 for use as anti-submarine convoy escorts in the North Atlantic. The first vessel, HTMS Krabi, was completed in 2013 and represents the “OPV plus” concept. The class is also fitted with the Kelvin Hughes SharpEye integrated radar system for navigation,[9] the Terma Scanter 4100 2D radar for air and surface surveillance,[10] and a BAE CMS-1 Combat Management System. David Shepherd, OPV programme director at BAE Systems, said that the “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”. [28], The Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 announced a further purchase of two more Batch 2 ships at an undisclosed date in the future. The River class is a class of offshore patrol vessels seperatad in two batches built by VT group for the first batch and BAE systems for the second one. The OPV is the seventh Royal Navy ship to be named in honour of the River … For this purpose, a 25 tonne capacity crane is fitted. HMS Spey, the fifth and final River Class Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), departed BAE Systems’ shipyard in Glasgow on 28th October on her delivery voyage to her new home of Portsmouth Naval Base, BAE Systems announced. The second of the four Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPVs) ordered by Argentina has been launched at Piriou’s Shipyards in Concarneau (Britany). [38], During a Defence Select Committee in July 2016, the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones indicated that the option for a fleet of "up to six" offshore patrol vessels had been reduced to five, with Clyde being replaced by HMS Forth, a new Batch 2 ship. Twitter. 6. With technical support from BAE Systems, the Royal Thai Navy has constructed two of its own batch II River-class OPVs. They were originally intended to be exported for use by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force; however, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago cancelled the order in September 2010. Model Warships. HMS Tamar is the fourth of five River-class Batch 2 OPV on order for the Royal Navy. Mike Macfarlane, OPV Delivery Director, BAE Systems Naval Ships, said: “We are immensely proud of our role in delivering these ships to the Royal Navy and this is a landmark moment for the River Class Batch 2 OPV programme, which showcases the skills and expertise we have here on the Clyde. [38] Expectations at the time were that this would encompass the three Batch 2 ships announced in 2013, the two additional Batch 2 ships announced in the 2015 defence review, and the modified Batch 1 ship, Clyde. Royal Navy Commissioned Second Batch 2 River-class OPV HMS Medway - Naval News. New British Royal Navy HMS Tamar River-Class offshore patrol vessel OPV. [4] Clyde decommissioned on 20 December 2019. HMS Spey has arrived after construction on the Clyde by BAE Systems and a set of sea trials . Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessels conduct fishery protection duties; coast protection and surveillance. Kelvin Hughes has been selected to supply its SharpEye radar system for the new Batch 2 River class offshore patrol vessels HMS Forth, HMS Medway, HMS Trent, HMS Tamar and HMS Spey. [14] The class are primarily used with the Fishery Protection Squadron and EEZ patrol. Sie ersetzen die Schiffe der Island-Klasse und Castle-Klasse aus den 1970er-Jahren. Like their predecessors, the ships were constructed at the BAE Systems Govan shipyard, then transferred to the Scotstoun shipyard for fitting out. The River class is a class of offshore patrol vessels built primarily for the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. (Picture source British Navy) The HMS Tamar is the fourth of five Batch 2 River Class OPVs to join the Fleet, having arrived in Portsmouth from BAE Systems’ shipyards on the Clyde at the end of March 2020. - Defense Update: The River class is a class of offshore patrol vessels built primarily for the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. Today we commissioned @HMSTrent before she deploys this afternoon. The first – HMS Forth will be delivered in 2018. Although lightly armed, the design uses a frigate-type hull form and incorporates a capable combat management system. [19] On 22 November 2018, the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, formally announced that the first three Batch 1 River-class ships would be retained in service. River Class OPV’s cost about £44 million, the reason they cost £100+ was because their build times where made longer so that the Yards on the Clyde can keep the workforce they have for the Type 26. [27] Steel was cut on 10 October 2014[5] and started entering service from 2017, with the last being delivered in August 2020. The River Class vessel is powered by two Ruston 12 RK 270 medium speed diesel engines, rated at 4,125kW, driving twin controllable pitch propellers. The three remaining Batch 1 ships perform fisheries security and border patrol tasks in UK waters. The three Batch 1 ships without flight decks would be withdrawn in favour of the newer ships. Built by BAE Systems, the 90-metre, 2,000-tonne Tamar has space for up to 50 crewmembers and is armed with a 30-millimetre autocannon and two 7.62-millimetre machine guns.. One Batch 1 (HMS Clyde), which was the Falklands guard-ship, has been decommissioned and sold to the Royal Bahrain Naval Force. (Photo: Conrad Waters) The UK Royal Navy’s fifth and final Batch 2 River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), HMS Spey (P234) made her first entry to Portsmouth on Oct 30. This contract was renewed in January 2007 for another five years at £52 million. Xavier is based in Paris, France. Royal Navy commissions River-class OPV ‘Tamar’ By. Gemäß dem Sprachgebrauch der britischen Marine werden sie offiziell als Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) bezeichnet. Nine of this class were built for the Royal Navy. They will be replaced by five new River Class ‘Batch 2’ boats. The majority served with the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), with some serving in the other Allied navies: the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Free French Navy (FFN), the Royal Netherlands Navy and, post-war, the South African Navy (SAN). A 76 MM gun or the 57 MM Bofors would be far better for the River class OPV. In December 2011 it was reported that the Brazilian Navywere interested in buying the vessels, and possibly up to five additional vessels of the same design. In GlobalData’s exclusive interview with the head of the UK Royal Navy, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, talks about keeping the door open for more Type 31 frigates. 90m OPV design and features. Photo: Royal Navy. Aside from a crew of 40, there’s space for up to 50 troops/Royal Marines (who have their own mess facilities); the flight deck can accommodate Wildcat and Merlin helicopters; there’s a 30mm automated main gun. [4] However, in September 2012, instead of renewing the contract again, it was announced by the then Defence Secretary Philip Hammond that the Ministry of Defence had purchased the vessels for £39 million. Six are currently in active service. They were originally intended to be exported for use by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force; however, the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago cancelled the order in September 2010. Las OPV de la clase River Batch 2, bautizadas como HMS Forth, HMS Medway, HMS Trent, HMS Tamar y HMS Spey, se entregarán a la Royal Navy a finales de 2020. The River class are significantly larger than the Island-class vessels and have a large open deck aft allowing them to be fitted with equipment for a specific role, which can include fire-fighting, disaster relief and anti-pollution work. [26] In August 2014, BAE Systems signed the contract to build the ships at their BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships shipyards in Glasgow on the River Clyde. [49] The new vessel was commissioned less than two months later. [41], A £287m order for the two new ships, and support for all five Batch 2 ships, was announced on 8 December 2016. The River class is a class of offshore patrol vessels seperatad in two batches built by VT group for the first batch and BAE systems for the second one. BZ to the Ship's Company who still made it special. [24], HMS Clyde was not owned directly by the Royal Navy, but had instead been on lease via a PFI public–private partnership deal with BAE Systems. [29], Tamar arrived at her home port of Portsmouth for the first time on 2 April 2020, joining her sister ship HMS Trent. Probably the strangest but equally poignant event in these socially distanced times with limited attendance. River Class Patrol Vessels: FOPV. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. The fourth OPV in the Batch 2, HMS Tamar, was welcomed into the fleet in June 2020. She was launched in October 2018. HMS Medway was commissioned in September 2019 and in January 2020 deployed as the long-term Atlantic Patrol Task (North) ship in the Caribbean. Final Royal Navy River Class Batch 2 OPV Departs Glasgow for Her New Home in Portsmouth. Safe travels. [46] The sale, for £133 million (compared to an original £150m), was then confirmed on 2 January 2012. One has been decommissionned in 2019, another is conducting sea trials and the last one is being armed. [8], On 21 April 2017, with construction of HMS Tamar already under way, the first steel was cut for HMS Spey. The ship has a full load displacement between 1,850[4] and 2,000 tonnes. The lead Batch II RIVER class OPV FORTH seen entering Portsmouth Harbour in 2018. While the other three Batch 1s were kept in service or recommissioned, on 7 August 2020 it was announced in a ceremony held at the HMNB Portsmouth Naval Base that Clyde had been transferred to the Royal Bahrain Naval Force, with the ship renamed as Al-Zubara. All vessels of the Batch 2 were built by BAE Systems in Glasgow. Replacing multiple large consoles dedicated to specific tasks with a single hardware solution reduces a number of spares required to be carried onboard and will significantly decrease through-life costs. [29], The Batch 2 ships are fundamentally different in appearance and capabilities from the preceding Batch 1. Notable differences include the 90.5 metres (296 ft 11 in) long hull,[3] a top speed of 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph),[3] Merlin-capable flight deck,[3] a displacement of around 2,000 tonnes[5][6] and greatly expanded capacity for accommodating troops. You want a Naval gun on a OPV that can stop a small to medium ship. [20], HMS Tyne, Mersey and Severn are now part of the Offshore Division of the Coastal Forces Squadron (the renamed 1st Patrol Boat Squadron). The three Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) are employed in the Fishery Protection role primarily, with the capacity to operate in other areas. [6] BAE describes Shared Infrastructure as "a state-of-the-art system that will revolutionise the way ships operate by using virtual technologies to host and integrate the sensors, weapons and management systems that complex warships require. [6][11], Batch 2 are also the first Royal Navy ships fitted with the BAE Systems Shared Infrastructure operating system. She was launched in October 2018. The sale, for £133 million (compared to an ori… The four River class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) operating with the Royal Navy are expected to reach the end of their service by the end of the decade. The River Class is deployed for fishery protection and other patrol missions around the … HTMS Krabi was the first of two ships adapting the River design for the Royal Thai Navy and built in Thailand. Xavier has been covering naval defense topics for nearly a decade. [33], The first, HMS Forth, was christened at a ceremony at the BAE Systems Scotstoun shipyard in Glasgow on 9 March 2017. 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