Navy

HMS Spey: Month Of Firsts For Royal Navy's Newest Patrol Ship

HMS Spey is the Royal Navy's fifth, and final, Batch 2 River-class Offshore Patrol Vessel.

It has been a busy month of firsts for HMS Spey, the Royal Navy's newest patrol ship.

The vessel has spent the last few weeks at sea preparing for Basic Operational Sea Training (BOST), ticking off a number of milestones in the process.

It has been the first time at sea for a number of the ship's company and the vessel has seen the first helicopter land on her flight deck – a Wildcat from 815 Naval Air Squadron. 

HMS Spey also fired all of her weapons for the first time since officially joining the Navy's fleet in January and trialled the three-watch manning system for the first time.

Lieutenant Commander Ben Evans, Commanding Officer of HMS Spey, said the ship's first weeks at sea have galvanised the team and fully tested the ship and crew's capabilities.

"I am privileged to be in command of such a fine ship, and a great group of individuals who have achieved nothing but success in our relatively short time together," he said.

"I am thankful to our families and friends who have supported us throughout, and look forward to achieving more firsts in the coming weeks as we look forward to an exciting deployment."

On her way to Plymouth, HMS Spey met up with her sister ships HMS Trent and HMS Tamar – the Navy's 'greenest ship'.

HMS Spey saw the first landing of a helicopter on her flight deck, a Wildcat from 815 Naval Air Squadron (Picture: Royal Navy).

Whilst in the Devon port city, she will undergo Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) to make sure she is ready for operations.

In order to prepare for the training, the ship and her crew took part in a varied training package incorporating aviation, force protection, live firings, navigation, medical and seamanship.

Once HMS Spey has completed her BOST, she will continue to prepare for deployment later this year.

She is the fifth, and final, Batch 2 River-class Offshore Patrol Vessel – joining sisters HMS Forth, HMS Medway, HMS Tamar and HMS Trent

With a 20m flight deck, the ships are capable of embarking a Merlin helicopter and can perform a range of tasks from counter-piracy to disaster relief.

Cover image: HMS Spey sets sail from Portsmouth (Picture: Royal Navy).