HMS Severn (P282)

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HMS Severn in Germany, 2006
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Severn
Ordered: April 2001
Builder: Vosper Thornycroft
Launched: 4 December 2002
Commissioned: 31 July 2003
Identification: Pennant number: P282
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: River-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 1,700 tonnes[1]
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)
Endurance: 21 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Two rigid inflatable boats
Troops: 20
Complement: 30

The ninth and current HMS Severn is a River-class offshore patrol vessel of the British Royal Navy. Named after the River Severn, the ship is the first to bear the name in 56 years.

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.

Service history[edit]

Severn was affiliated with the city of Newport in September 2003 and awarded the freedom of the city in June 2006.[2]

Severn in Bordeaux, France

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.[3] 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."[4]

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.[5]


  1. ^ BAE Systems Offshore Patrol Vessels,, Retrieved 8 June 2014
  2. ^ "Freedom of the City for HMS Severn" (PDF) (Press release). Newport City Council. 19 June 2006. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Severn readies for new mission by training with her sister Tyne". Navy News. Royal Navy. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Stuart (16 July 2015). "HMS Severn set to return home to Portsmouth". Portsmouth News. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Severn helps seize 2.4 tonnes of cocaine". 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 

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