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Timelapse: HMS Forth Takes To The Clyde

The first complex warship to be built at Glasgow since HMS Duncan has successfully completed her journey down the River Clyde to the...

The first complex warship to be built at Glasgow since HMS Duncan has successfully completed her journey down the River Clyde to the facility where she'll complete final systems installation and testing.
 
Patrol vessel HMS Forth, built at BAE Systems' shipyard at Govan, in Glasgow, is now safely docked at Scotstoun.
 
She'll now be combat fitted and is due to be ready for service in 2017.
 
BAE Systems Naval Ships MD Iain Stevenson said Forth's construction has been very quick, taking less than two years:
"She is the first complex warship to benefit from the new technologies and methods that we are introducing to further bolster our ability to be the best supplier to the Royal Navy... Forth has already benefitted from a safer and more efficient build process that enabled much of the work to take place under cover, and as a result she leaves our Govan facility at a much higher rate of completion".
Forth 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. 
 
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Statistics for the second batch of River-class patrol ships, including HMS Forth
 
The chief of materiel (Fleet) for the MoD's defence equipment and support organisation, Vice Admiral Simon Lister, has said that the improved technology of these new patrol vessels will make them very versatile, able to perform security as well as disaster relief missions.
 
 
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