HMS Clyde

HMS Clyde

HMS Clyde patrols the territorial seas and monitors the airspace around the Falkland Islands whilst conducting routine visits and reassurance to the many small settlements found throughout the islands.

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As part of her deterrence role she also regularly visits other British Overseas Territories in the area such as South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

At just over 2,000 tonnes displacement, she may not be the biggest ship in the Navy, but this is certainly made up for in capability.

As a modified version of the UK-based River Class vessels, she features a large flight deck for a ship of her size as well as an aviation refueling capability. This allows her to support a wide range of aviation operations, including search and rescue.

Two seaboats are also permanently carried, a Pacific 22 RIB, which can reach speeds of over 40mph, and a Rigid Raider.

The Rigid Raider allows high speed insertion of troops directly on to shore, which is frequently practised during exercises with the Roulement Infantry Company, based in the Falklands.


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Current operation Falklands Islands Patrol Vessel

HMS Clyde is tasked with patrolling the Falkland Islands whilst also monitoring the airspace that covers the wider area.  She routinely visits the many small settlements that feature around the Islands. With her work around the Falkland Islands forming part of a Joint Operational Environment, Clyde regularly exercises with both the Army and RAF in order to maximise our combined capabilities.

  • Atlantic Patrol Tasking

    Ships and units on Atlantic Patrol Tasking provide ongoing protection and reassurance to British interests in the Atlantic, maintaining the continuous Royal Naval presence in the Atlantic.

Location Falkland Islands

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Unit History

The First Clyde1796

The first HMS Clyde was a 38-gun frigate of the ‘Artois/Apollo’ Class, built at Chatham Dockyard, and launched in March 1796. She carried a complement of 270 officers, ratings and Marines.


When mutiny broke out at the Nore in the Thames Estuary in 1797, the Clyde’s Captain was able to persuade his crew to return to their duty – one of only two ships to break the mutineers’ blockade.

The Second Clyde1806

The second HMS Clyde is the only example since the 1740s of a ‘Rebuild’, a new ship built to the same design (and name) as one recently scrapped, as she was rebuilt from the original HMS Clyde.

The Third Clyde1828

The third ship was a ‘Leda’ Class 38-gun frigate, the largest class of sailing frigates ever built, and was launched at Woolwich Dockyard in October 1828. She was sold in 1904.

The Fourth Clyde1904

In 1904 the composite screw sloop HMS Wild Swan became the fourth Clyde in her role as the Aberdeen Royal Naval Reserve’s second drill ship. She was renamed Columbine in 1912; sold in 1920.

The Fifth Clyde1939

The next HMS Clyde was a ‘Thames’ Class submarine built at Barrow and launched in March 1934. As built she measured 1805 tons standard displacement and was 345 ft long.


From 1936 she served in the Mediterranean until the outbreak of war in 1939 when she patrolled the South Atlantic and home waters.

Battle Honours1940

In June 1940 she was operating off Norway when she torpedoed the German battlecruiser Gneisenau off Trondheim, blowing a hole in her bows ‘big enough to allow a picket boat to sail through’.

Battle Honours1941

Mediterranean 1941

Battle Honours1942

Malta Convoys 1942

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