Royal Navy names its new Survey Motor Launch as HMS Magpie

The British Royal Navy has named its newest Survey Motor Launch as HMS Magpie, First Sea Lord Admiral Philip Jones announced.

The last HMS Magpie was commanded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in Malta in the early 1950s.

The new HMS Magpie will replace the recently decommissioned HMSML Gleaner (H86). For the past 35 years, HM Survey Motor Launch Gleaner has been charting ports and estuaries around Britain.

Magpie is currently being built at Safehaven Marine as part of a £48 million contract under which the Royal Navy will receive up to 38 new workboats from prime contractor Atlas Elektronik (AEUK), ranging in size from 11 to 18 meters.

The future HMS Magpie will be an 18-meter twin deck catamaran based on Safehaven’s Wildcat 60 design. The vessel has a 33,000kg lightship displacement and a loaded displacement of 37,000kg.

The vessel is fitted with twin Volvo D16 engines that provide the vessel with a 23kts maximum speed and an 19-20kts operational cruise speed. It has a 1,400 nautical mile range at survey speeds of 8-9kts.

It is designed for ocean research and hydrographic survey and is capable of operating offshore for 7 days with 12 crew.

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