Glasgow built Offshore patrol vessel HMS Medway has arrived in her home port of Portsmouth for the first time.
Medway is the second of five Batch 2 River Class vessels ordered for the Royal Navy, she arrived in portsmouth on the 17th of June 2019.
The Royal Navy say that these ships are designed to carry out maritime security roles in Home waters or globally including; anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrols, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy.
Commander Simon Pressdee, Commander of the Fishery Protection Squadron, said in a news release from the Royal Navy on the day the vessel entered:
“Today is a significant step in HMS Medway’s journey and a great achievement for both the Ship’s Company and our industrial partners in BAE Naval Ships who built her. Medway now enters the next phase of force generation which will see her develop into a warship and made ready for sustained patrol operations in the new year.”
Rear Admiral Jim Higham, senior officer responsible for the Batch 2 River Class programme, said:
“It is a great pleasure to welcome HMS Medway on her first arrival into Portsmouth. Today is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and dedication from the Ship’s Company as well as from our partners across Defence and in UK industry. It is an honour to stand alongside their families and friends who have provided such steadfast support and are critical to this success.”