The first of two new patrol ships have arrived in Gibraltar ready for trials.
The Royal Navy say here that HMS Cutlass has been delivered to the naval base ahead of patrols of territorial waters – part of a £10m investment in the Gibraltar Squadron to upgrade its craft.
Cutlass – and her sister Dagger, due to be delivered in the spring of 2022 – are the permanent replacements for HMS Sabre and Scimitar which safeguarded Gibraltar’s waters for nearly two decades.
“We are delighted with the arrival of HMS Cutlass”, said the boat’s first Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Adam Colman.
“She increases the Squadron’s capability in providing maritime security and enforcing UK sovereignty of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. This week, she will begin a series of trials under the Blue Ensign to further test her capabilities in the theatre she will operate in. Once these trials are complete, she will conduct the Royal Navy’s safety and readiness checks which will ensure the vessel and crew are ready to conduct operations.”
The press release adds:
Once the training and trials are complete, Cutlass will be commissioned and hoist the White Ensign.