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HMS Severn (P282)

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, as of 2016
General characteristics
Class & type: River-class patrol vessel
Displacement: 1,700 tonnes[1]
Length: 79.5 m (260 ft 10 in)
Beam: 13.6 m (44 ft 7 in)
Draught: 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)
Installed power: 4,125 kW (5,532 hp) at 1,000 rpm
Propulsion: 2 × Ruston 12RK 270 diesel engines
Speed: 20 kn (37 km/h)
Range: 7,800 nmi (14,400 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 × rigid inflatable boats
Complement: 30 (accommodation for up to 50)

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

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]


  1. ^ "Offshore Patrol Vessels". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  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. 

External links

  • SevernRoyal Navy HMS (
  • Additional pictures of HMS Severn including her visit to Dartmouth, Devon on 24 July 2010
  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
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