Gibraltar Squadron

The two Fast Patrol Boats of the Royal Navy's Gibraltar Squadron, HMS Sabre and HMS Scimitar, keep watch over Gibraltar's shores and protect British and coalition vessels in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Scimitar class at a glance

32 knots

Top speed

260 nautical miles

Top range

24 tonnes

Total displacement

16 metres

Overall length

What are we doing?

The two Fast Patrol Boats of the Royal Navy's Gibraltar Squadron, HMS Scimitar and her sister ship HMS Sabre, watch over Gibraltar's shores and support ships in the Strait of Gibraltar.

The two boats, along with three Pacific Rigid Inflatable Boats, also support British exercises and operations in the area, conducting maritime security patrols and providing force protection to visiting coalition warships.

For two weeks every summer, the squadron also plays host to students from the various University Royal Naval Units, giving potential officers a taste of life on a front-line squadron.