FEATURE | UK OPVs escape the axe

Three British Royal Navy (RN) OPVs, scheduled for early retirement, and disposal, have been spared the axe, as a result of growing concerns in London over both the future protection of the UK fishing fleet, and a surge in irregular migration via the English Channel.

Royal Navy launches River-class OPV Tamar

The Royal Navy’s HMS Tamar became the latest River-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to be officially launched when it was lowered into the water at BAE Systems’ Govan yard on Friday, October 12.

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