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Royal Navy - Offshore Patrol Vessel / OPV
P 222 HMS Forth
 
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Type, class: Offshore Patrol Vessel - OPV; River class, Batch 2
Builder: BAE Systems Naval Ships, Govan (ship) + Scotstoun (fitting out) Shipyards, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
 
STATUS:
Awarded: August 2014
Laid down: October 10, 2014
Launched: August 20, 2016
Christened: March 9, 2017

Commissioned: April 13, 2018
IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
Namesake: River Forth, Scotland, UK

 
Technical Data: see INFO > River class Offshore Patrol Vessel
 
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launching at Scotstoun, Glasgow, Scotland

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HMS Forth is a Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessel in active service with the Royal Navy. Named after the River Forth, she is the first Batch 2 River-class vessel to be built. She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 13 April 2018, following a commissioning ceremony at her homeport HMNB Portsmouth.


On 6 November 2013 it was announced that the Royal Navy had signed an Agreement in Principle to build three new offshore patrol vessels, based on the River-class design, at a fixed price of £348 million including spares and support. In August 2014, BAE Systems signed the contract to build the ships on the Clyde in Scotland. The Ministry of Defence stated that the Batch 2 ships are capable of being used for constabulary duties such as "counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations". According to BAE Systems, the vessels are designed to deploy globally, conducting anti-piracy, counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling tasks currently conducted by frigates and destroyers. Forth includes some 29 modifications and enhancements over the Amazonas-class corvette built by BAE Systems for the Brazilian Navy.

Steel was cut on Forth on 10 October 2014 at BAE Systems' Govan shipyard in Glasgow. She was launched in September 2016, being floated off from a semi-submersible barge in the Clyde rather than receiving a traditional dynamic launch. After launch she was moved down the Clyde for fitting out at BAE Systems' Scotstoun shipyard. Forth was christened at a ceremony at Scotstoun on 9 March 2017. In late March 2017, it was announced that the crew of Batch 1 vessel HMS Tyne would be transferred to Forth to bring her into service.

On 31 August 2017, Forth, sailed for contractor sea trials. It was reported in October 2017 that Forth had been earmarked to replace half-sister HMS Clyde as the Falkland Islands Guardship.


It was announced on 25 January 2018 that Forth had been accepted by the Ministry of Defence, from the BAE Systems shipbuilders, and would shortly sail to HM Naval Base Portsmouth for commissioning. She arrived in Portsmouth for the first time on 26 February 2018.


Commissioning and early faults:
Forth was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 13 April 2018 following a ceremony at HMNB Portsmouth.

Soon after her commissioning, some faults were identified with her electrical system and sheared bolts were also discovered with heads that had been glued back on. In June 2018, it was announced that Forth would be entering dry dock for major rectification work which was likely to take more than three months. The Royal Navy reactivated HMS Tyne to cover planned patrols by Forth with BAE Systems covering the additional costs. In October, Anderson Smith, BAE Systems Commercial Director – Naval Ships, admitted that "minor defects" had been found but announced that they had since been fixed.

In June 2019, Forth underwent Operational Sea Training in British waters in preparation for her first operational deployment. She later sailed from Liverpool to escort a Russian Navy patrol ship which was transiting through the UK's area of interest. She then made her inaugural fishery protection patrol and her first visit to an overseas port, which was to Gibraltar before, once again, escorting the same Russian ship through the English Channel.

Falkland Islands:
On 13 January 2020, Forth arrived at the East Cove Military Port in the Falkland Islands on her first operational deployment, taking over from her older sister ship Clyde as the permanently-stationed guardship. Prior to her arrival, she exercised with Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 interceptors to trial how the platforms could operate together. As part of her deployment, Forth was on standby to assist the island's authorities in anything from ceremonial events to emergencies. Her support also extended to the nearby South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. The arrival of Forth stoked the ongoing Falkland Islands sovereignty dispute between the UK and Argentina with Argentina's Secretary of the Malvinas, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands, Andres Dachary, condemning the deployment as a violation of the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone.

source: wikipedia
 
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