HMS Tamar, the fourth of the five new Offshore Patrol Vessels, has been formally commisioned into the Royal Navy today.
— HMS_Tamar (@hms_tamar) June 4, 2020
HMS Tamar recently arrived in her home port of Portsmouth again after a period of training, becoming the fourth of five new offshore patrol vessels to be delivered from Glasgow shipyards.
— HMS_Tamar (@hms_tamar) May 28, 2020
The ship is a Batch 2 River class Offshore Patrol Vessel and is fundamentally different in appearance and capabilities from the preceding Batch 1.
Notable differences include the longer 90.5 metres long hull, a higher top speed of 24 knots, a Merlin-capable flight deck, a greater displacement of around 2,000 tonnes and greatly expanded capacity for accommodating personnel.
The Batch 2 ships therefore arguably represent a distinctly separate class to the preceding Batch 1 in everything but name.
— HMS_Tamar (@hms_tamar) May 27, 2020
What will Tamar do?
According to the Royal Navy website, like her three older sisters HMS Forth, Medway and Trent, HMS Tamar will be deployed on lengthy missions around the globe, operating out of overseas ports and bases as part of the Navy’s Forward Presence programme.
“Her remit is to protect UK interests at sea, work and support our allies, assist British citizens, provide aid in the aftermath of natural disasters. She has a flight deck and is armed with an array of weaponry, meaning she can support a range of operations, from counter-piracy to anti-smuggling.”