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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has secured the protection of British home waters by announcing he will retain three of the Royal Navy’s patrol ships.

The future of the Batch 1 Offshore Patrols Vessels (OPVs), HMS Tyne, HMS Mersey and HMS Severn, which currently support the Fishery Protection Squadron, have been secured by the Defence Secretary.

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They will be retained for at least the next two years to bolster the UK’s ability to protect our fishing fleet as well as our shores. The Royal Navy currently provide around 200 days of fishery protection a year. The Defence Secretary’s announcement means that the Royal Navy will now have the capacity to deliver up to 600 days of fishery protection a year if needed.

HMS Tyne at the Port of the Tyne in North Shields

The future of the Batch 1, Offshore Patrols Vessels HMS Tyne, HMS Mersey and HMS Severn, have been secured by the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson.

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson talks to HMS Tyne ships company.
(Former 2017 to May 1 2019)
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has secured the protection of British home waters by announcing he will retain three of the Royal Navy’s patrol ships.
(Former 2017 to May 1 2019)

| British Armed Forces News

Photographer: LA(Phot) Al Macleod
Sergeant Donald Todd (RLC)
LA(Phot) Kyle Heller
LA(Phot) Caroline Davies
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