The third of the Royal Navy’s new patrol ships has arrived in Portsmouth for the first time.
According to a Royal Navy news release:
“With HMS Tamar and Spey still to come, the quintet at the heart of the RN’s new ‘forward presence’ strategy, with the goal of permanently stationing the vessels in areas key to the UK’s military, political and economic interests around the globe: Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia-Pacific region.
For now, however, Trent’s eyes are fixed on home waters and getting through trials and training ready to perform any mission from fishery protection through to anti-smuggling, border patrols, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy.”
The Royal Navy say that aside from a crew of 40, there’s space for up to 50 troops/Royal Marines (who have their own mess facilities); the flight deck can accommodate Wildcat and Merlin helicopters; there’s a 30mm automated main gun; and flat out the engines push Trent along at 24kts.
“It is a great privilege to be the ship’s first commanding officer and I am proud of what has been achieved thus far”, said Lieutenant Commander James Wallington-Smith.
“Trent now enters the next phase which will see her develop into a warship, being made ready for sustained patrol operations in the new year.”