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P 257 HMS Clyde
 
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 09/19
Type, class: Offshore Patrol Vessel - OPV; River class, Batch 1, modified
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft Shipbuilding, Portsmouth, Hampshire, U.K.
 
STATUS:
Awarded: 2005
Laid down: 2005
Launched: June 14, 2006
Commissioned: January 30, 2007
IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
 
Technical Data: see INFO > River class Offshore Patrol Vessel
 
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HMS Clyde was launched on 14 June 2006 in Portsmouth Naval Base by VT Group shipbuilders in Portsmouth, England, and is the fourth vessel of the River class, with a displacement of 2,000 tonnes and a 30 mm Oerlikon DS30M KCB gun in place of the 20 mm gun fitted to Tyne River-class ships.

History:
HMS Clyde was the first ship built entirely in Portsmouth Naval base for 40 years and has been constructed alongside the bow and superstructure sections for the new Type 45 destroyers Daring and Dauntless. She was named in a ceremony on 7 September 2006 as she had not received a traditional launching ceremony.

HMS Clyde was commissioned into the Royal Navy in a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval base on 30 January 2007. She and her ship's company went through a rigorous series of trials and safety training before undergoing operational sea training off Scotland.

After being commissioned into active service she was sent to the South Atlantic to relieve HMS Dumbarton Castle as the Royal Navy's patrol vessel in the area based in the Falkland Islands. Unlike predecessors in this role Clyde will stay in South Atlantic waters for the foreseeable future, with a contract in place for her to remain in the Falkland Islands until 2018.

In January 2011, the government of Brazil denied HMS Clyde access to Rio de Janeiro in solidarity with Argentinian claims over the Falkland Islands sovereignty dispute, as Uruguay had done with HMS Gloucester the previous September.

On 18 November 2015, HMS Clyde assisted in the rescue of 347 passengers and crew from the cruise ship Le Boreal drifting off the Falkland Islands after an engine room fire. At 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph), it took the Clyde four hours to reach the stricken ship, which was off the north end of Falkland Sound. Clyde resupplied one of the two larger lifeboats with fuel and took on people from the smaller lifeboats, and then escorted them to Falkland Sound, where they transferred the passengers to Le Boreal's sister ship, L'Austral.

In January 2017, Clyde was dry docked in Simonstown, South Africa for maintenance; her patrol duties were temporarily transferred to survey ship HMS Enterprise.

On 21 September 2017, Clyde celebrated ten years in the South Atlantic with her only time off station being the maintenance periods in South Africa.

In November 2017, Clyde was ordered to return from a patrol of South Georgia to assist in the search for the missing Argentinian submarine ARA San Juan.


A parliamentary briefing paper released in October 2016 stated that Clyde would leave service in 2017; however on 24 April 2017, in a written answer to a question raised by Sir Nicholas Soames, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Defence Harriet Baldwin stated Clyde would be decommissioned in 2019. Clyde was due to be replaced by the Batch 2 HMS Forth in 2018 but the handover is now expected at the end of 2019.

Clyde is slated for decommissioning at the end of 2019, at which time it will be sold to the Brazilian Navy.

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