HMS Forth (P222)

HMS Forth is the first of five new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter terrorism and maritime defence duties.

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Construction began on HMS Forth in October 2014. She entered the water for the first time in September 2016.  She was commissioned into the Royal Navy in April 2018 at her home base of Portsmouth. 

Classified as Batch 2 River-class OPVs HMS Forth and her sisters – HMS Trent, Medway, Tamar and Spey - are a significant upgrade on HMS Tyne, Severn, Mersey and Clyde, which were designed and built 15 years ago. With HMS Forth entering service this year the remaining four ships are all expected to arrive in Portsmouth by 2020.

They will become the Royal Navy’s eyes and ears around the UK, helping to safeguard fishing stocks, reassure and protect the Falkland Islands and are capable of deploying to the Mediterranean and Caribbean to safeguard the UK’s interests around the world.

They are designed for a crew of just under 60 but need only 38 crew at any one time to go to sea.

Although classed as a Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessel, Forth and her sisters - Trent, Medway, Medway and Spey - are a big leap forward from Tyne, Severn, Mersey and Clyde, which were designed and built 15 years ago.

They're four knots faster, carry a 30mm, not 20mm main gun, two Miniguns, four machine-guns, two Pacific 24 sea boats. Each ship is equipped with a flight deck (only Clyde of the first generation craft can host a helicopter) and there's accommodation for up to 50 troops/Royal Marines to support operations ashore if needed.

Forth, which is affiliated to the historic city of Stirling, also borrows many of the first batch's features - which were revolutionary in RN ships at the time: fixed fire-fighting systems across much of the ship, a computer-controlled machinery monitoring system.

The bridge is far more Type 45 (spacious, computerised with interchangeable displays, communications kit) than a rather cramped Type 23 frigate.

HMS Forth

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HMS Medway handed over as HMS Forth readies for sea


HMS Forth is officially commissioned into the Royal Navy

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Unit History

Out to Sea

She was formally named HMS Forth in March 2017. In August she was taken out to sea for the first time to undergo sea trials.

First Steel2014

The first plate of steel was delivered to Govan in October 2014, with the ship structurally complete 18 months later.

Into the water2016

Forth completed her 1¾-mile journey from BAE Systems shipyard at Govan on the Clyde to the company’s Scotstoun site.

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