The Royal Navy’s First Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) has been named HMS Forthand the 90-metre warship will be tasked with vital counter-terrorism, anti-smuggling and maritime defence duties.
The ship will enter service with the Royal Navy in 2018 and will soon depart on sea trials.
HMS Forth is the first of a fleet of five new Batch 2 River-class OPVs being built and all are expected to be in service by 2021.
HMS Forth is fitted with a 30mm cannon and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter, and manned by a crew of 58 sailors. Displacing around 2,000 tonnes, the ship has a maximum speed of around 24 knots and can sail 5,500 nautical miles without having to resupply.
The MOD has invested £648 million in the OPV programme.
The Royal Navy currently operates four Batch 1 Offshore Patrol Vessels, one based in the Falkland Islands and three at HMNB Portsmouth, operating globally on tasks ranging from counter-narcotics operations to Atlantic patrols.