Royal Navy’s HMS Trent commissioned, departs on first deployment on same day

The Royal Navy commissioned HMS Trent, the service’s seventh River-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV), in a ceremony at Porstmouth Naval Base on Monday, August 3.

Trent was delivered to the navy in December 2019. It is the third of the Batch Two River-class vessels built by BAE Systems.

Compared to earlier River-class OPVs, the Batch Two ships are faster, more heavily armed, can accommodate more personnel, and can conduct helicopter operations with aircraft up to the size of the 10-tonne Merlin operated by the Royal Navy and other NATO allies.

Within hours of its commissioning, Trent sailed on its maiden deployment as part of Operation Sea Guardian, a NATO maritime security operation aimed at deterring international crime and terrorism in the Mediterranean.

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