Magpie sails through rough-weather trials

The Royal Navy’s future small survey vessel HMS Magpie has undergone rough-weather trials to ensure she is ready for her voyage to Portland Harbour, England for final fitout.

Being built at Safehaven Marine to replace the decommissioned HMSML Gleaner, Magpie will make a 300-nautical-mile journey to Atlas Elektronik UK.

Designed for ocean research and hydrographic survey, the 18-metre twin deck catamaran Magpie will be capable of operating offshore for seven days with up to 12 crew.

Powered by twin Volvo engines, she has a maximum speed of 23 knots and a 1,400-nautical mile range at nine knots.

Motor survey launch Magpie will be the longest of up to 38 new workboats, which range in size from 11 metres to 18 metres, being built at Safehaven Marine as part of a £48 million (US$67 million) contract.

Magpie will chart ports and estuaries around Britain and be used for diving training, officer training, passenger transport, Antarctic exploration, hydrographic survey and logistics resupply.

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