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        HMS Severn

        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.


        HMS Severn

        HMS Severn inherited the nickname of our predecessor, the ninth HMS Severn, a wartime submarine which served in the Atlantic and Norwegian campaigns. The submarine survived the entire conflict, earning her the title ‘Lucky Severn’.

        Mission Summary

        The three River-class Offshore Patrol Vessels patrol the UK EEZ, routinely operating hundreds of miles off the UK coast. Their primary role is to deliver maritime security, encompassing fishery protection and Marine Management tasks on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation, as well as a wide range of operations to ensure the security, integrity, and safety of UK waters.

        2013 has seen HMS Severn undertake a busy programme which saw her receive a major refit (mid-life update), return to core fishery duties in UK waters and maintain her capabilities by undertaking a comprehensive training package.


        “I am immensely proud and extremely privileged to be taking command of one of Her Majesty’s Finest. I am looking forward to working with a highly professional close knit team and instilling a sense of fun in all we do. I will strive to ensure that HMS Severn remains the best-of-the-best by winning the efficiency pennant for a third year running.

        Tim Berry

        Tim Berry
        Lieutenant Commander
        1997 (RN), 01/02/2013 (HMS Severn)
        HMS Liverpool, HMS Bulwark
        Military experience

        Tim joined the Royal Navy in 1997 and has since had a career at sea developing and honing his Watchkeeping, Navigation and Warfare skills.

        He saw active service in HMS Chatham during Operation Telic (Gulf War ‘03) and has since Commanded HMS Puncher and the University of London Royal Naval Unit.

        Qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer in both Above Water Warfare and Navigation, he completed a South Atlantic Deployment as Operations Officer in the Destroyer HMS Liverpool, before using his specialist navigation skills at the world renowned Flag Officer Sea Training Organisation.

        Most recently he capped off the first phase of his career by navigating the Fleet Flag Ship (HMS Bulwark) which proved to be both demanding but extremely rewarding.




        Tour de Severn
        03 April 2014

        The ships company of HMS Severn are aiming to cycle...

        Fish ‘n’ ships as Royal Navy oldest squadron holds annual exercise
        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...

        HMS Severn reaches out at TS Resolute
        HMS Severn reaches out at TS Resolute
        02 December 2013

        As part of their affiliate town visit, members of HMS...

        Severn sailors 'Row the Severn'
        Severn sailors 'Row the Severn'
        02 December 2013

        The challenge? Simple. The reality? Gruelling. The ships company of...


        Operation Fishery Protection

        CURRENT STATUS: active

        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.















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        Range (Nautical)

        5,500nautical miles

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        Commissioned date


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        HMS Severn


        HMS Severn HISTORY

        • The First Severn

          The present HMS Severn is the tenth ship to bear the name. The first was a Fourth Rate two-decked ship of 50 guns launched in 1693. She had a distinguished record of service before finally being broken up in 1734.

        • The Second Severn

          The second HMS Severn was launched in 1739. Severe damage during a battle with French line-of-battleships in 1746 caused the ship to strike her colours to the superior force. The ship was captured just a year later at the battle of Finisterre but not taken back into Royal Navy service.

        • The Third Severn

          The third was again a Fourth Rate 50-gun two-decker launched in 1747. Her career was significantly less eventful than her predecessors and she was sold out of service in 1759.

        • The Fifth Severn

          The fifth, launched in 1813, was an 'Endymion' Class Fourth Rate 40-gun ship and was very much bigger than the last ship to bear the name. These 'fir-built' softwood ships were not long-lived and the ship, leaky and unseaworthy for years past, was sold for breaking in 1825.

        • The Sixth Severn

          The next HMS Severn was one of the last frigates to be built as a sailing warship, eventually broken up in 1876 after only one active commission to the East Indies.

        • The Seventh Severn

          In 1885, the seventh ship to bear the name represented a great technological leap forward. She was a 'Mersey' Class protected cruiser, the first cruisers to be built with no sailing rig, as solely steam-powered ships.

        • Ship History

          In 1914 the Royal Navy purchased three Amazon river monitors built by Vickers at Barrow for Brazil. These ships, renamed Mersey, Humber and Severn, were the first of a new type of specialist shore-bombardment ships.

        • Battle Honours

          Norway 1940 Atlantic 1940-41

        • Battle Honours

          Sicily 1943 Aegean 1943

        • The Ninth Severn

          The ninth vessel to be named Severn was a 'Thames' Class fleet submarine and was sent to the South Atlantic when war broke out. In the Mediterranean she conducted anti-shipping patrols, 'cloak and dagger' missions on enemy coasts and ran supplies to the besieged garrison of the Aegean island of Leros. She was scrapped in 1946.

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