Navy

HMS Spey: Navy’s Newest Offshore Patrol Vessel Welcomes First Sailors

The Royal Navy said five members of HMS Spey’s crew are now living on board as it enters its final stages of building.

The Royal Navy’s final new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) has welcomed her first sailors on board.

HMS Spey’s construction on Scotland’s River Clyde is almost complete after more than three years of work.

Five members of HMS Spey’s crew are now living on board, the Royal Navy said.

When she officially joins the fleet, she will take her place alongside sister patrol vessels HMS Trent, HMS Tamar, HMS Medway and HMS Forth.

The vessels can accommodate 50 Royal Marines and the flight decks have enough space to carry the Fleet Air Arm’s Wildcat and Merlin helicopters.

More sailors will join in September ahead of preparations for the ship’s delivery voyage to Portsmouth – her home port.

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ben Evans, said: "Even though we are in the midst of a virus pandemic I have been really impressed with how the teams from Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and BAE Systems has safely and tirelessly worked to get to this point.

“It is an exciting challenge to bring HMS Spey out of build and I look forward to being joined by more of my ship's company to bring the newest ship in the Royal Navy into service.

“We will make sure the best has been saved for last.”

DE&S OPV project manager Gareth Morris said: “Our team is proud to be supporting HMS Spey through the final build stages ahead of her homeward sailing.

“We will continue working closely with our supplier to ensure the Royal Navy receives the world-beating equipment it needs.”

The Royal Navy’s second batch of OPVs are part of its forward presence programme.

Ships will forward deploy on global operations, while their company will rotate so they can take leave, complete promotion courses and train.

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