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Royal Navy - Offshore Patrol Vessel / OPV
P 282 HMS Severn
 
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Type, class: Offshore Patrol Vessel - OPV; River class, Batch 1
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft Shipbuilding, Southampton, Hampshire, U.K.
 
STATUS:
Awarded: April 2001
Laid down: ?
Launched: December 4, 2002
Commissioned: July 31, 2003
Decommissioned: October 27, 2017
Recommissioned: June 30, 2020

IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
Namesake: River Severn

 
Technical Data: see INFO > River class Offshore Patrol Vessel
 
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Severn was affiliated with the city of Newport in September 2003 and awarded the freedom of the city in June 2006.

In October 2014 it was announced that Severn would be the first River-class vessel to deploy overseas to take up the Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North), a task traditionally assigned to a frigate or destroyer. The ship returned to Portsmouth on 16 July 2015, having visited "all of the British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean - Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Anguilla and Grand Cayman."

In December 2015, acting on intelligence from the National Crime Agency and DNRED, the ship intercepted the MV Carib Palm off the south coast of the United Kingdom, and escorted the ship to Boulogne-sur-Mer, where it was searched by French customs, and 2.4 tonnes of cocaine were seized with a street value in excess of £350m.

In April 2017, Severn was detached from fishery protection duties to escort the Russian Navy Ropucha-class landing ship Korolev through the English Channel.

Decommissioning and reactivation:
After making what was presumed to be her final visit to her affiliated town of Newport, Severn was decommissioned at HMNB Portsmouth on 27 October 2017. In March 2018 - six months since decommissioning - the Ministry of Defence announced that £12.7 million had been allocated from the EU Exit Preparedness Fund to preserve Severn and her two sister ships, should they be required to control and enforce UK waters and fisheries following the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. In November 2018, Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, confirmed that Severn and her sister ships would be reactivated and "forward operated" from their affiliated ports.

Post-reactivation:
Severn underwent a refit in May 2020 in preparation for her planned recommissioning. Following this, she officially recommissioned on 30 June 2020. Despite plans to forward-operate Severn from her affiliated port, the ship remained base ported in Portsmouth as of 4 February 2020. After passing her Operational Sea Training (OST) assessment, Severn returned to operations in July 2020. One of her first operational taskings since rejoining the fleet saw her shadowing Russian Navy destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov, corvette Vasily Bykov and their two support ships as they transited through the English Channel on 9 July 2020.

source: wikipedia
 
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