HMS Medway has been handed over from BAE Systems, whose workforce joined the ship’s company on the flight deck to celebrate the milestone, say the Royal Navy.
Medway will be a couple of months behind Forth in going to sea for a second time. She is currently having military systems installed on the Clyde after her successful first spell at sea before Christmas.
After more trials and training, she’s due to sail for Portsmouth in July. In September she’ll have her commissioning on the river Medway. She will also exercise the Freedom of the Borough.
After that there’s front-line training ready for her maiden deployment overseas at the turn of 2019/20.
According to the Royal Navy in a news release, the Batch 2 River-class ships…
- Are bigger
- Have a greater range
- Have a flight deck for a wildcat or Merlin helicopter
- Have an air search radar capable of seeing more than 90 miles
- Have a 16 tonne crane to lift supplies ashore on disaster relief missions
- Have accommodation for up to 51 soldiers or Royal Marines
The Royal Navy say it will not use them primarily for safeguarding fishing stocks in home waters but ‘forward deploy’ around the world.