HMS Medway (P223)

HMS Medway is the second of five new River-class offshore patrol vessels.

HMS Medway (P223) is currently on deployment

Atlantic Patrol Tasking North


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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

2,000 tonnes

Total displacement

90.5 metres

Total length

24+ knots

Top speed

Our operations

Current operation

Atlantic Patrol Tasking North


From drug busting to disaster relief, Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North) centres on providing humanitarian and disaster relief during the main hurricane season (June to November) and deterring drug traffickers as part of the wider international effort.

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Commanding Officer

Commander Ben Power

Ben joined the Royal Navy in 2003 and completed Fighter Control School in 2006. This was followed by a variety of operational appointments in support of UK/US Carrier Strike operations in the Middle East. He first assumed Sea Command and took up the dual role of Officer-in-Charge of Wales URNU and of the unit’s associated patrol vessel, HMS Express.He has since in Comand of a number of ships.


HMS Medway's role

HMS Medway is a River-class offshore patrol vessel. Along with her sister vessels, she was designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter terrorism and maritime defence duties.

The first steel was cut on HMS Medway in June 2015, at a ceremony in Glasgow. HMS Medway was formally named at BAE's Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and sponsor of Medway throughout her active life, on 20 October 2017.

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