The fourth of five new Offshore Patrol Vessels being built for the Royal Navy has been officially launched on the Clyde in Glasgow.
The ‘launch’ consisted of lowering the vessel into the water from a special barge, the barge picked up Tamar from Govan, just up the river from Scotstoun, last week.
A mixed Royal Navy-civilian crew will put the 2,000-tonne vessel through her paces off the west coast of Scotland after months of training and preparation.
Additionally, previously launched OPV Medway should move to Portsmouth early in the new year say the Royal Navy.
“We on HMS Medway are extremely excited for the challenges ahead and the imminent sea trials – and subsequent first entry into Portsmouth,” said Lt Cdr Harris in a release.
“My ship’s company continue to work hard to meet every future milestone and ultimately fulfil all the responsibilities required of her as she comes into service next year.”
By then, HMS Forth – the lead ship in the second generation of River-class vessels – should be back at sea. Problems with her have kept Forth in Portsmouth throughout the summer of 2018, but following rectifications by BAE, her crew are expected to move back on board in November with trials resuming in the second half of January.
The final ship in the class, HMS Spey, is due for launch soon say BAE.