This will be the first time that HMS Magpie has sailed under the white ensign following our commissioning in June

Lieutenant Commander William Alexander. Commanding Officer of HMS Magpie

Lt Cdr William Alexander said, “This will be the first time that HMS Magpie has sailed under the white ensign following our commissioning in June. The ship's primary role is to maintain the integrity of coastal waters, ensuring safety of navigation and the resilience of key national infrastructure in UK ports. With an enduring presence around the UK, she will also contribute to national security at sea. My Ship’s Company are very much looking forward to getting to sea and demonstrating our capabilities.”

HMS Magpie is an 18-metre catamaran and provides an essential survey and underwater survey capability. She is the first vessel to be delivered under a contract negotiated by Defence Equipment and Support with Atlas Elektronik UK Ltd. The contract is also set to deliver new boats for Britannia Royal Naval College, which will replace the familiar blue Picket boats used by Cadets during their training.

The only Royal Navy ship of her type, HMS Magpie is highly capable. She has on board the latest high-resolution, shallow-water multi-beam echo sounder and side-scan sonar and can launch remote-controlled underwater devices to search wide areas of the sea bed for obstructions and mines.

The current HMS Magpie is the eighth Royal Naval vessel to bear the name. Her predecessor was an anti-submarine frigate, launched in 1943 and broken up in 1959. The ship was the only vessel commanded by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who was at the helm between 1950 and 1952, while the ship was operating in the Mediterranean.