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Jersey Fishing Row: What Is HMS Severn?

HMS Severn became the first Royal Navy vessel in almost 40 years to be decommissioned and then recommissioned in 2020.

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Royal Navy vessel HMS Severn is patrolling waters around Jersey amid concerns of a possible blockade of the island due to an ongoing row with France over post-Brexit fishing rights.

HMS Severn is a Batch 1 River-Class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), weighing 1,700 tonnes and measuring 80 metres in length. 

She is patrolling waters around Jersey alongside new Batch 2 River-Class vessel HMS Tamar, described as the "greenest" ship in the service

Severn is the second of the original batch of River-class vessels. 

Last year, the Portsmouth-based ship became the first Royal Navy vessel in nearly 40 years to be decommissioned and then recommissioned. 

Watch: In 2016 we spent time on board HMS Severn to learn more about the Royal Navy's Fishery Protection Squadron.

Severn left the active fleet in 2017 after 14 years of service but was recommissioned in July

She is nicknamed 'Lucky Severn' after the namesake submarine which came through all of the Second World War.

Royal Navy OPVs protect the UK's interests at home and abroad, safeguarding territorial waters, protecting fishing stocks and performing constabulary duties.

All eight River-class vessels are based in Portsmouth, and consist of two generations – Batch 1 ships, and the newer Batch 2s.

Cover image: File photo of HMS Severn (Picture: MOD).