Sabre

HMS Sabre

HMS Sabre and her sister Ship, HMS Scimitar, form the core of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron. 

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Operating from HM Naval Base Gibraltar the two Scimitar-class patrol boats, 21 personnel, and three Pacific rigid-hulled inflatable boats are an efficient and effective unit. 

The role of RNGS is to provide Force Protection to visiting coalition warships, conduct maritime security patrols within British Gibraltar Territorial Waters and support a variety of operations within the Joint Operating Area. 

A small unit at high readiness Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron performs a broad array of tasks in a dense shipping environment.

Current operation Gibraltar Squadron

Provide force protection and security to Gibraltar's maritime environment, enforce and assert the sovereign integrity of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, whilst contributing to the overall defence effort

Location Gibraltar

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Unit History

The First Sabre1918

The first HMS Sabre was an S Class Destroyer and was Launched on 23 September 1918 and commissioned on 9 November of the same year.

Dunkirk1940

She assisted in the evacuation of British and other forces from Dunkirk in May 1940, but was damaged in air attacks a month later in June.

Escort Duties1942

She was quickly repaired and modified as an escort, picking up survivors from the merchant ship Cardita that was sunk by German submarine U-87 in January 1942.

Second Sabre1969

P275 – HMS Sabre – was launched in 1969 and formed one third of the Fast Training Boat Squadron based at Portland along with her sister ships HMS Cutlass and HMS Scimitar.

Training Craft1977

Sabre was mainly employed in exercises in order for surface vessels and aircraft to gain experience in combating enemy Fast Patrol Craft. Sabre attended the 1977 Silver Jubilee Fleet Review.

Sold and Renamed1983

She was sold in 1983, refitted and later resold to a Greek buyer and renamed El Condor.

Third Sabre2003

The present HMS Sabre began life as MV Grey Fox but was withdrawn from service in 2002. She was renamed and transferred to the Gibraltar Squadron with her sister ship, HMS Scimitar.

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Commanding Officer Ollie Loughran

Rank: Lieutenant

Ollie Loughran joined the Royal Navy in February 2006, he assumed command of HMS Sabre in July 2014.

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Fact

HMS Sabre has a top speed of 32 Knots

Fact

HMS Sabre has a range of 260 sea miles

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