London riverine anti-terrorism capability to be upgraded

Photo: UK MoD
Photo: UK MoD – Metropolitan Police Delta Power 1000 TX

It was confirmed at the recent Seawork 2019 exhibition and conference, held in the UK port of Southampton, that the Marine Policing Unit of London’s Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for security on the British capital’s River Thames, is to substantially upgrade its anti-terrorist capability.

The service’s riverine security inventory currently includes a pair of Delta Power Service 1000 TX RHIBs, manned by dedicated armed boarding teams. These vessels are to be replaced, in response to the increasingly powerful weaponry now available to terrorist organisations, by four fast craft fitted with ballistic protection against gunfire.

Delta Power Services is among the companies bidding for the contract with a development version of the 1000 TX.

Trevor Hollingsbee

Maritime security expert and columnist, Trevor Hollingsbee was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Senior Superintendent with the Hong Kong Marine Police, Assistant Secretary for Security in the British Hong Kong Government Security Branch, and Intelligence Analyst in the UK Ministry of Defence. As an independent defence and security analyst he has had some 1,500 articles on maritime security, and geopolitical topics, published in a range of international journals and newspapers. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, and a past Vice-Chairman of the Institute’s Hong Kong branch.