Two Hunt class ship crews are the new ship’s company of HMS Tyne whose own sailors are to crew the new HMS Forth in order to bring the vessel into service.
According to the Royal Navy, under Project Jicara, two crews from Portsmouth’s 2nd Mine Countermeasures Squadron will join the Fishery Protection Squadron to man and operate one of the River-class vessels while their own Hunt class ships are out of action undergoing major engine changes.
We spoke to the Royal Navy about this and have updated our previous story, the following is new information.
HMS Tyne is a River class offshore patrol vessel built by Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton to serve as a fishery protection unit within UK waters along with her two sister ships Mersey and Severn.
Lt Alex Coleman, Executive Officer of MCM2 Crew 6 said:
“The opportunity to man and operate an offshore patrol vessel for a Hunt-class crew is quite unique.
This is a great chance for many of our sailors to broaden their skills on different machinery and shows just how adaptable and employable the guys really are.”
The crew will be in charge of HMS Tyne until the end of the year, when they’ll move to HMS Mersey, allowing the latter’s crew to move on-board new River class vessel HMS Trent.