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        Mersey

        HMS Mersey

        HMS Mersey is the youngest of the original batch of River- class patrol vessels built for the Fishery Protection Squadron – the oldest unit in the Royal Navy. She patrols the waters of the UK and up to 200 miles in the Atlantic ensuring that fishing boats and trawlers stick to internationally-agreed quotas.

        HMS Mersey

        Mersey was the last ship to be built at Vosper Thornycroft yard in Woolston, Southampton.

        Mersey like her sister ships is not owned by the RN, she is in fact leased by BAE who retain the responsibility for any major maintenance and upkeep.

        The ship is a regular visitor to UK ports and often hosts organised groups to show what the Royal Navy is about. She operates a crew rotation system which means that a member of the ship’s company would normally spend four weeks onboard and two weeks ashore catching up on leave or on courses, allowing the ship herself to be on almost constant patrol.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        David Gillett

        RANK:
        Lieutenant Commander
        JOINED:
        1999
        SPECIALISATION:
        Warfare
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        HMS Bulwark, HMs Somerset
        Military experience

        Lieutenant Commander David Gillett joined the Royal Navy as a University Cadet following education at Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire. After basic training at Britannia Royal Naval College, he undertook a Masters Degree in Engineering at Durham University, graduating in 1998. He returned to sea in 1999 as the Navigator of HMS Dulverton.

        Selected for sub specialisation as an Observer in 2001, he completed flying training at 750 and 702 Naval Air Squadrons to join the Fleet Air Arm as a Mk3 Lynx Observer. Following conversion to the Mk8 variant he was assigned to HMS Richmond for a Caribbean deployment dominated by disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Ivan. He then joined HMS Argyll as the Flight Commander for two deployments to the Gulf, interspersed with a successful period of Counter Drugs operations in West Africa.

        A second line role at RNAS Yeovilton followed where he qualified as an Observer Instructor in 2008, preceding a most rewarding period at 702 Squadron teaching the next generation of Lynx aircrew.

        In a return to the core surface stream, he completed Principal Warfare Officer training in 2011,before re-deploying to the Middle East in HMS Somerset, as the Above Water Warfare specialist and Operations Officer, at the height of the multi-national Counter Piracy effort in the Indian Ocean.

        Subsequently as Operations Officer in HMS Bulwark, the Fleet Flagship, he was intimately involved in OP OLYMPICS at Weymouth and the COUGAR 12 deployment to the Mediterranean as the lead amphibious vessel of the Response Force Task Group.

        Lieutenant Commander Gillett assumed command of HMS Mersey in January 2014 and is privileged to lead the Ship as she transitions from refit to re-join the Fleet ready for front-line
        operations.


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        Mersey resumes fish patrol duties after winter revamp
        19 March 2014

        Ready to patrol the waters around the UK once again...

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        Fish ‘n’ ships as Royal Navy oldest squadron holds annual exercise
        13 March 2014

        The three ships of the Royal Navy’s oldest squadron met...

        Mersey resumes fish patrol duties after winter revamp
        Mersey resumes fish patrol duties after winter revamp
        07 March 2014

        Ready to patrol the waters around the UK once again...

        Cambrian Trader 2013
        Cambrian Trader 2013
        14 November 2013

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        OPERATIONS

        Operation Fishery Protection

        CURRENT STATUS: active
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        River-class ships inspect fishing vessels operating up to 200 miles off the UK’s coastline. Their task is to enforce UK and EU regulations designed to preserve fish stocks for future generations. The Royal Navy operates on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation.

        ABOUT THE UNIT

        KEY STATISTICS


        Pennant

        P283

        Displacement

        1,700tonnes

        Complement

        30personnel

        Length

        79.8Metres

        Beam

        13.6metres

        Draught

        3.8metres

        Top Speed

        20knots

        Range (nautical)

        7,800miles

        Launch Date

        2003

        Commissioned date

        28/11/03

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        HMS Mersey HISTORY

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

          The first HMS Mersey was a Conway-class 26-gun Sixth Rate, launched in 1814.

        • The Second and Third Mersey

          The second HMS Mersey and her sister ship HMS Orlando were the longest wooden ships ever built for the Royal Navy; at 336 feet overall, they were nearly twice the length of Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. At 5643 tons displacement she was a huge ship for her day, heavily armed, strongly manned and relatively fast at 12 knots. The third HMS Mersey was the name ship of the Mersey class of protected cruisers, the first cruisers to be built with no sailing rig, as solely steam powered ships. She was launched at Chatham dockyard in March 1885, had very little active employment and was sold for breaking in 1905.

        • Ship History

          In 1914 the Royal Navy bought three Amazon river monitors built by Vickers for Brazil. These ships – renamed Mersey, Humber and Severn – were the first of a new type of specialist shore-bombardment ships. She was 261 ft. long, but to allow for her very shallow draft - 4 ft. 9 in. - was very beamy at 49 ft. They were very unmanoevrable and dangerously unseaworthy in open waters in anything more than a Force 5 wind. She was sold to breakers in 1921.

        • Battle Honours

          Belgian Coast 1914-1915 Königsberg 1915

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