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        HMS Clyde
        P257

        HMS Clyde

        HMS Clyde patrols the territorial seas and monitors the airspace around the Falkland Islands whilst conducting routine visits and reassurance to the many small settlements found throughout the islands. As part of her deterrence role she also regularly visits other British Overseas Territories in the area such as South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

        HMS Clyde

        At just over 2,000 tonnes displacement, she may not be the biggest ship in the Navy, but this is certainly made up for in capability.

        As a modified version of the UK-based River Class vessels, she features a large flight deck for a ship of her size as well as an aviation refueling capability. This allows her to support a wide range of aviation operations, including search and rescue.

        Two seaboats are also permanently carried, a Pacific 22 RIB, which can reach speeds of over 40mph, and a Rigid Raider.

        The Rigid Raider allows high speed insertion of troops directly on to shore, which is frequently practised during exercises with the Roulement Infantry Company, based in the Falklands.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Sarah Oakley

        Sarah Oakley
        RANK:
        Lieutenant Commander
        JOINED:
        1995
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Kent, Chatham,
        Military experience

        Lieutenant Commander Sarah Oakley joined the Royal Navy in 1995 after reading a degree in Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford. On completion of her initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College she continued her training at sea in HMS Beaver, Sheffield and Orwell.

        For her first complement appointment, Sarah joined HMS Alderney as the Gunnery Officer and British Seas Fisheries Officer. Further appointments followed as Officer of the Watch 1 and Signal Communications Officer in HMS Kent, bringing the ‘Millennium Frigate’ from build through a successful trials programme and Operational Sea Training ready for her first deployment to the Gulf.

        Then as Navigating Officer in HMS Norfolk, she deployed to the Mediterranean as part of the Standing Naval Force Atlantic, conducting Maritime Interdiction Operations under Op Active Endeavour.

        In 2003 she returned to Britannia Royal Naval College as Head of Navigation for two years, responsible for the delivery of basic navigation training to all New Entry officers.

        Qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer in 2006, she returned to sea as the Above Water Warfare specialist and later as the Operations Officer in HMS Chatham including a six month Op Telic deployment, with Combined Task Force 158 staff embarked. This was a challenging deployment, with the ship operating in the confined waters of the Northern Gulf, working closely with the US, Australian and Iraqi Navies.

        In 2009 an appointment as the PWO in the Maritime Commissioning, Trials and Assessment organisation (MCTA) in Portsmouth allowed Sarah to use her knowledge of operations in the Middle East to ensure ships deploying East of Suez were operating materially at their maximum operational capability, putting the ships through a variety of trials on the NATO Foracs Range at Crete.

        She returned to the Gulf in 2010 as the Operations Officer for the Combined Task Group Iraqi Maritime, living on an Iraqi Oil Platform for 7 and a half months.

        She was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Queen’s Operational Honours List for her contribution to the mission to transfer responsibility for the security of the Oil Platforms from Coalition to Iraqi control.

        Joining the Maritime Battle Staff in 2011 it wasn’t long before she found herself heading out to the Gulf again, this time based in Bahrain and serving on the staff of the Combined Task Force 150, responsible for Counter Terrorism.

        She assumed Command of HMS Clyde at the end of 23 Jan 2014.


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        Baton down the hatches as HMS Clyde hosts Commonwealth Games symbol
        Baton down the hatches as HMS Clyde hosts Commonwealth Games symbol
        20 March 2014

        Falklands patrol ship HMS Clyde helped deliver the Commonwealth Games...

        Clyde's Canter
        15 January 2014

        The Commanding Officer crosses the finishing line having run the...

        Clyde honours the men of 1982 by restoring two Falklands monuments
        Clyde honours the men of 1982 by restoring two Falklands monuments
        22 October 2013

        Sailors from HMS Clyde have restored two memorials during a...

        Clyde practises de-fence diplomacy helping farmers in the Falklands
        Clyde practises de-fence diplomacy helping farmers in the Falklands
        08 October 2013

        Sailors from the Royal Navy'€™s Falklands patrol ship helped farmers...

        OPERATIONS

        Operation Falklands Islands Patrol Vessel

        CURRENT STATUS: active
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        HMS Clyde is tasked with patrolling the Falkland Islands whilst also monitoring the airspace that covers the wider operational area. She routinely visits the many small settlements that feature around the Islands. With her work around the Falkland Islands forming part of a Joint Operational Environment, Clyde regularly exercises with both the Army and RAF in order to maximise our combined capabilities.

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        P257

        Displacement

        1,850tonnes

        Complement

        38personnel

        Length

        79.8Metres

        Beam

        13.6metres

        Draught

        3.8metres

        Top Speed

        20knots

        Range (Nautical)

        5,500nautical miles

        Launch Date

        14/06/06

        Commissioned date

        11/12/06

        11,000hp Power Output Equivalent To

        90 average family cars

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        HMS Clyde HISTORY

        TRACK THE HISTORY OF SHIPS NAMED HMS Clyde
        • The First Clyde

          The first HMS Clyde was a 38-gun frigate of the ‘Artois/Apollo’ Class, built at Chatham Dockyard, and launched in March 1796. She carried a complement of 270 officers, ratings and Marines. Although her career was short (she was broken up in 1805), it was very eventful and she saw action on several occasions. When mutiny broke out at the Nore in the Thames Estuary in 1797, the Clyde’s Captain was able to persuade his crew to return to their duty – one of only two ships to break the mutineers’ blockade and escape into the Medway.

        • The Second Clyde

          The second HMS Clyde is the only example since the 1740s of a ‘Rebuild’, a new ship built to the same design (and name) as one recently scrapped, whilst the third was a ‘Leda’ Class 38-gun frigate, the largest class of sailing frigates ever built, and was launched at Woolwich Dockyard in October 1828. In 1904 the composite screw sloop HMS Wild Swan became the fourth HMS Clyde in her role as the Aberdeen Royal Naval Reserve’s second drill ship.

        • Ship History

          The most recent HMS Clyde was a ‘Thames’ Class submarine built at Barrow and launched in March 1934. As built she measured 1805 tons standard displacement and was 345 ft long. From 1936 she served in the Mediterranean until the outbreak of war in 1939 when she patrolled the South Atlantic and home waters. In June 1940 she was operating off Norway when she torpedoed the German battlecruiser GNEISENAU off Trondheim, blowing a hole in her bows ‘big enough to allow a picket boat to sail through’.

        • Battle Honours

          Norway 1940

        • Battle Honours

          Mediterranean 1941

        • Battle Honours

          Malta Convoys 1942

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