HMS Clyde (P257)

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Exercising off the Falklands, 2014
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Clyde
Ordered: 2005
Builder: VT Shipbuilding
Laid down: 2005
Launched: 14 June 2006
Sponsored by: Mrs Lesley Dunt, wife of Vice Admiral Sir Peter Dunt (Retired)
Commissioned: 30 January 2007
Homeport: HMNB Portsmouth
Identification: P257
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  • "Strength"
Status: in active service, as of 2016
Badge: HMS Clyde's crest
General characteristics
Class & type: River-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 2,000 tonnes[1]
Length: 81.5 m (267 ft 5 in)
Beam: 13.6 m (44 ft 7 in)
Draught: 4.1 m (13 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Ruston 12RK 270 engines developing 4,125 kW (5,532 hp) at 1,000 rpm
Speed: 21 kn (39 km/h)
Range: 7,800 nmi (14,400 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Complement: 38 (accommodation for another 20)
Sensors and
processing systems:
SCANTER 4100 2D air & surface surveillance radar
Aircraft carried: Sufficient size to take 1 × Lynx, Sea King or Merlin helicopter
Aviation facilities: Flight deck

HMS Clyde (pennant number P257) is an offshore patrol vessel and is the tenth ship in the Royal Navy to bear the name. She was launched on 14 June 2006 in Portsmouth Naval Base by VT Group shipbuilders in Portsmouth, England, and is the fourth vessel of the River class, with a displacement of 2,000 tonnes and a 30 mm Oerlikon KCB gun in place of the 20 mm gun fitted to Tyne River-class ships.

Operational history[edit]

HMS Clyde at anchor in Fox Bay, West Falkland, July 2011

Clyde was the first ship built entirely in Portsmouth Naval base for 40 years and has been constructed alongside the bow and superstructure sections for the new Type 45 destroyers Daring and Dauntless. She was named in a ceremony on 7 September 2006 as she had not received a traditional launching ceremony.[2]

HMS Clyde was commissioned into the Royal Navy in a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval base on 30 January 2007.[3] She and her ship's company went through a rigorous series of trials and safety training before undergoing operational sea training off Scotland.

After being commissioned into active service she was sent to the South Atlantic to relieve HMS Dumbarton Castle as the Royal Navy's patrol vessel in the area based in the Falkland Islands. Unlike predecessors in this role Clyde will stay in South Atlantic waters for the foreseeable future, with a contract in place for her to remain in the Falkland Islands until 2018.

In January 2011, the government of Brazil denied HMS Clyde access to Rio de Janeiro in solidarity with Argentinian claims over the Falkland Islands sovereignty dispute,[4][5] as Uruguay had done with HMS Gloucester the previous September.

On 18 November 2015, HMS Clyde assisted in the rescue of 347 passengers and crew from the cruise ship Le Boreal drifting off the Falkland Islands after an engine room fire. At 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph), it took the ship four hours to reach the ship, which was off the north end of Falkland Sound. Clyde resupplied one of the two larger lifeboats with fuel and took on people from the smaller lifeboats, and then escorted them to Falkland Sound, where they transferred the passengers to Le Boreal's sister ship, L’Austral.[6]

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  1. ^ "Royal Navy HMS Clyde". Retrieved 30 January 2016. As part of her deterrence role she also regularly visits other British Overseas Territories in the area such as South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. At just over 2,000 tonnes displacement, she may not be the biggest ship in the Navy, but this is certainly made up for in capability 
  2. ^ "Royal Navy press release on launching of Clyde". Retrieved 11 September 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Royal Navy press release on acceptance into fleet". Retrieved 29 January 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Brasil le prohibió amarrar en Río a un buque británico de Malvinas Brasil le prohibió amarrar en Río a un buque británico de Malvinas". infobae (in Spanish). 9 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Niebieskikwiat, Natasha (7 January 2011). "Brasil le prohibió el ingreso a un buque de guerra británico". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Clyde helps 200 cruise ship passengers after Falklands fire". 20 November 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 

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