The first of the Royal Navy's next-generation offshore patrol ships has arrived in her home port of Portsmouth.

HMS Forth is the first of five new state-of-the-art Royal Navy vessels.

Designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter-terrorism and maritime defence duties, the ship can spend 320 days a year on operations.

Forces News reporter Tim Cooper was in Portsmouth as she arrived on Monday morning:


Last month, Minister for Defence Procurement Guto Bebb accepted the warship at a ceremony in Glasgow.

He told Forces News:

"This will be a significant contribution to the navy capabilities that we have."

HMS Forth was formally named in March 2017 and started sea trials in August.

She weighs 1,600 tonnes (about the same as 120 buses), has a hull that is 90.5 metres long and a maximum speed of 24 knots, and is capable of ocean patrol ranging over 5,000 nautical miles. 

The remaining four new offshore patrol vessels – Trent, Medway, Tamar and Spey – are expected to be active by 2020.

Cover picture courtesy of the Royal Navy.

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