The latest Navy Ship has been accepted by Minister of Defence of United Kingdom last month.
According to Daily Mail news, Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom, claimed that The Royal Navy ‘stands ready’ to protect Britain’s fisheries after taking delivery of the first of five OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel)
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“The Royal Navy has a proud tradition of protecting the UK’s coastline and keeping a close eye on our fishing waters. With these state-of-the-art, vastly capable ships we stand ready to protect our fisheries once Britain leaves the EU.”
Downing Street insisted this week Brexit would still eventually allow Britain to fully control its fishing waters for the first time in 40 years despite the transition deal effectively binding fishermen into EU rules for another two years.
The other tasks of the new class OPV will include counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, border patrol, counter terrorism and maritime defence duties. The 90 meter long, 2,000 tonnesincludes a modified flight deck capable of operating the latest Merlin helicopters, larger stores and more accommodation for embarked troops. As OPVs, these ocean-going boats have the size, capacity for mission endurance of 35 days, and operate at distance of 5,500 nautical miles from shore. It can develop a maximum speed of 24 knots. The ship’s flight deck supports medium helicopters up to a Merlin size, two RHIB boats and a 16-ton crane are also included. The vessel is armed with a gun turret mounting a 30mm cannon as its main armament.
HMS Forth, one of five new OPVs being delivered for the Royal Navy, will enter service this year. Her sister ships – HMS Medway, HMS Trent, HMS Tamar and HMS Spey – are all expected to enter service by 2020.