New counter-terror ship officially named

A new counter-terrorism Royal Navy ship has been officially named.

The River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel was given the title Trent by its sponsor Pamela Potts.

It is the third of five such vessels being brought into operations to help secure the UK's borders.

Defence Minister Guto Bebb MP said: "As the third of five Offshore Patrol Vessels being built in Scotland, HMS Trent will soon be part of a fleet of highly capable ships.

"These new vessels will keep the UK safe by conducting counter-terrorism, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling and other vital maritime operations.

"UK Defence has invested in an unprecedented ship-building production line in Glasgow and the city's shipyards with their 1,700 highly skilled engineers and technicians are benefiting from full order books for the next two decades."

A bottle from Nelson's Gin Distillery & Gin School was smashed onto the ship during the ceremony (John Linton/PA)
A bottle from Nelson's Gin Distillery & Gin School was smashed onto the ship during the ceremony (John Linton/PA)

Ms Potts released a bottle of gin from the Nelson's Gin Distillery & Gin School in Stafford against the ship's hull to officially name the vessel.

HMS Trent was built at BAE Systems' site at Govan, Glasgow, and is now making final preparations to enter the water for the first time in the coming days.

The ship will be loaded onto a barge which will then lower into the water before outfitting and systems installation can taken place.

HMS Trent and sister ships Forth, Medway, Tamar and Spey will defend the UK by performing counter-terrorism, anti-smuggling and maritime security operations - see graphics for more ship specs and info. https://t.co/sxBv89mYae#TRENTOPV@DefenceES@BAES_Maritimepic.twitter.com/21x7iI6X4L

-- Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) March 13, 2018

It is expected to be delivered to the Royal Navy in the second half of this year.

HMS Trent, as well as sister ships HMS Forth and HMS Medway, are being built under a contract signed with BAE Systems in 2014 worth £348 million.

Iain Stevenson, managing director of BAE Systems Naval Ships, said: "This is another landmark moment for the River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel programme and an important day that honours the traditions of the Royal Navy."

BAE Systems' OPV programme director Katie Callan, left, and sponsor Pamela Potts naming the ship (John Linton/PA)
BAE Systems' OPV programme director Katie Callan, left, and sponsor Pamela Potts naming the ship (John Linton/PA)

He added: "Today is made even more special as we are able to see the full scale of Trent as she prepares to enter the water for the very first time in the next few days.

"This is yet another reminder of the importance of what we do."

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