The River Class patrol ships can be used for anything from fire-fighting to disaster relief operations. There are four in all; HMS Tyne, Mersey and Severn, and HMS Clyde which operates around the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. Tyne, Mersey and Severn each have a crew of about 45 sailors, working at least 275 days a year at sea enforcing British and European fisheries law. The ships send two-person teams to inspect fishing vessels to make sure they have the right nets, the right log books and the right licences. The ships are chartered from private shipbuilders.
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HMS Severn is one of the trio of Offshore Patrol Vessels ploughing the seas around the UK almost every day of the year. The ship is the second River-class built by Vosper Thornycroft at their Woolston yard and she became the penultimate ship to be built there.
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