According to information released by the Royal British Navy on June 18, 2021, the British Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Spey (P234) was commissioned on June 18, 2021, in a ceremony alongside the town of Invergordon in Ross-shire.
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The HMS Spey offshore patrol vessel for the British Navy was commissioned on June 18, 2021. (British Navy photo source)
HMS Spey is a Lot 2 River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel designed and built by BAE Systems Naval Ships. This is the fifth and final of the second generation of River Class ships built for the Royal British Navy.
Leaving Clyde Shipyard in October last year, HMS Spey underwent a rigorous operational training program at sea to prepare her for action. On Friday, June 18, however, Spey and his crew of 45 were in their affiliate town of Invergordon, where dozens of guests gathered to welcome him on active duty in the Royal British Navy.
There are two generations of River Class ships serving in the Royal Navy. The first – comprising HMS Tyne, Severn and Mersey – was built by Vosper Thorneycroft in Southampton and has been in operation since the early 2000s, primarily helping to protect fishing stocks, but also to fulfill general functions at home and abroad. ‘foreigner. The second generation, which includes the HMS Spey, was built by Clyde and is bigger, faster and even more capable.
At just over 90 meters in length, the ships have a flight deck large enough for a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter and space on board for up to 50 embarked Royal Marines. This makes the second generation of River Class ships incredibly versatile capable of tackling a variety of missions from anti-piracy to disaster relief.
The HMS Spey is powered by two MAN 16V28 / 33D diesel engines rated at 14,700 kW / 19,700 HP, which drive variable-pitch propellers. The ship can reach a top speed of 25 knots (46 km / h) with a range of 5,500 nmi (10,200 km). She has an endurance of 35 days.
HMS Spey is 90.5 m long, 13.5 m wide and has a displacement of 2,000 tonnes. It is armed with a 30mm Bushmaster automatic cannon, two 7.62 Ã 51mm Miniguns six-barrel rotary machine guns and two 7.62mm multipurpose machine guns. The vessel is carrying two Pacific 22 Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs). She has a crew of 58 sailors.