HMS Severn (P282)
HMS Severn in Germany, 2006
|Launched:||4 December 2002|
|Commissioned:||31 July 2003|
|Identification:||Pennant number: P282|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||River-class patrol vessel|
|Length:||79.5 m (260 ft 10 in)|
|Beam:||13.5 m (44 ft 3 in)|
|Draught:||3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)|
|Installed power:||4,125 kW (5,532 hp) at 1,000 rpm|
|Propulsion:||Two Ruston 12RK 270 diesel engines|
|Speed:||20 kn (37 km/h)|
|Range:||5,500 nmi (10,200 km)|
|Boats & landing
|Two rigid inflatable boats|
She was built by Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton to serve as fishery protection units within the United Kingdom's waters along with her two sister ships Mersey and Tyne. All three were commissioned into service in 2003 to replace the five older Island-class patrol vessels.
In October 2014 it was announced that Severn would be the first River-class vessel to deploy overseas to take up the Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North), a task traditionally assigned to a frigate or destroyer. The ship returned to Portsmouth on 16 July 2015, having visited "all of the British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean - Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Anguilla and Grand Cayman."
In December 2015, acting on intelligence from the National Crime Agency and DNRED, the ship intercepted the MV Carib Palm off the south coast of the United Kingdom, and escorted the ship to Boulogne-sur-Mer, where it was searched by French customs, and 2.4 tonnes of cocaine were seized with a street value in excess of £350m.
- BAE Systems Offshore Patrol Vessels, baesystems.com, Retrieved 8 June 2014
- "Freedom of the City for HMS Severn" (PDF) (Press release). Newport City Council. 19 June 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Severn readies for new mission by training with her sister Tyne". Navy News. Royal Navy. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- Anderson, Stuart (16 July 2015). "HMS Severn set to return home to Portsmouth". Portsmouth News. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Severn helps seize 2.4 tonnes of cocaine". navynews.co.uk. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2015-12-15.