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P 257 HMS Clyde


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p 257 hms clyde river class offshore patrol vessel royal navy
Type, class: Offshore Patrol Vessel; River class
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft Shipbuilding, Portsmouth, Hampshire, U.K.
Awarded: 2005
Laid down: 2005
Launched: June 14, 2006
Commissioned: January 30, 2007

Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth
Technical Data: see INFO > River class Offshore Patrol Vessel

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p 257 hms clyde river class opv royal navy

hms clyde p 257 royal navy

p257 hms clyde river class opv
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 ship four hours to reach the 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.

source: wikipedia


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