The third of the Royal Navy’s new second-generation patrol ships, HMS Trent (P224), entered Portsmouth Harbour for the first time on Dec. 19 after a maiden voyage in the hands of her ship’s company.
“Today is an important milestone in HMS Trent’s journey. The ship’s company and our partners in BAE Naval Ships have put in a tremendous amount of work to ensure she is ready to be accepted into the fleet. It is a great privilege to be the ship’s first commanding officer and I am proud of what has been achieved thus far”, said the ship’s first commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander James Wallington-Smith.
“Trent now enters the next phase which will see her develop into a warship, being made ready for sustained patrol operations in the new year.”
— HMNB Portsmouth (@HMNBPortsmouth) December 19, 2019
Steel was cut, marking the start of construction of Trent, on October 7, 2015, at the BAE Systems Govan shipyard in Glasgow. The vessel was officially launched on the south bank of the Clyde at BAE’s Govan yard on March 20, 2018, completing her first sea trials in June the following year.
Trent conducted her first sea trials over the summer, before returning to BAE for final tweaks and completion of fitting out ahead of the ship’s company moving aboard a couple of months ago to being turning Trent into a working warship.
The vessel is due to be formally commissioned next year in the presence of crew’s families, affiliates and Lady Sponsor Pamela Potts, who formally named the warship.
The Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) are designed to deploy globally, conducting anti-piracy, counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling tasks currently conducted by frigates and destroyers.
All the five Batch 2 River-class OPVs – HMS Forth (P222), HMS Medway (P223), HMS Trent (P224), HMS Tamar (P233) and HMS Spey (P234) – are set to be delivered to the Royal Navy by the end of 2021.