New Navy Ship Named in Glasgow
(Source: UK Ministry of Defence; issued Oct 20, 2017)
HMS Medway is the second ship of the second batch of River-class offshore patrol vehicles on order for the Royal Navy. (RN photo)
A new Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) has been named in Scotland today.

The naming continues an association between the Royal Navy and the River Medway which, as home to the Chatham Historic Dockyard, has existed since Elizabethan times. The second of the Royal Navy’s OPVs, HMS Medway is the tenth vessel to bear the name since the 1690s.

She was named by her Sponsor, Lady Wendy Fallon, in a ceremony at the BAE Systems Scotstoun shipyard in Glasgow. Lady Fallon’s husband is Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, whose Sevenoaks constituency borders the River Medway.

Lady Fallon broke a bottle of gin on the bow in honour of the Chatham dockyard, where the gin was distilled.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “This year we have already named our second aircraft carrier, two Type 26 frigates and the first in the Offshore Patrol Vessel class. It is a privilege to see yet another ship named for the growing Royal Navy. Named after Kent’s main river, my family has taken a particular interest in HMS Medway over the course of its construction and this is a proud day for all involved.

“From counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling to securing the UK’s borders, HMS Medway will help keep Britain safe.”

The 90-metre ship is expected to enter service with the Royal Navy in 2019 and will go on to deploy across the globe on counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling operations.

All five of the new Batch 2 River class OPVs are expected to be in service before the end of 2020, with the first of class, HMS Forth, currently on sea trials.

The OPV programme is sustaining around 800 jobs in Scotland at BAE Systems and is maintaining the vital skills needed to build the new cutting-edge, anti-submarine warfare frigates, the Type 26s, for a Royal Navy growing for the first time since the Second World War.

The ship has a crew of 58 and is equipped with a 30mm cannon and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter, allowing it to undertake vital counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling operations. Displacing around 2,000 tonnes, she has a maximum speed of around 24 knots and can sail 5,500 nautical miles without having to resupply.

HMS Medway is officially affiliated with the Medway district through an association with Medway Council.

Leader of Medway Council, Councillor Allan Jarrett said: “It is an honour that the vessel has been named after Medway, an area which has a rich naval heritage. Earlier this year we commemorated a significant event in naval history which took place 350 years ago on the River Medway. The Dutch Raid resulted in financial investment in the English naval fleet, leading to the Royal Navy becoming the most powerful in the world.

“Today we celebrate a new vessel being added to the fleet to help protect UK waters and we would be pleased to invite HMS Medway to visit us on the River Medway soon.”

Sir Simon Bollom, Chief of Materiel (Ships) for Defence Equipment and Support, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) procurement organisation for the Ministry of Defence, said:

“The naming of HMS Medway is a proud moment for the Royal Navy, supported by DE&S, and our Industry partners and is a significant milestone in the delivery of this world-class fleet of five new warships.

“I look forward not only to the deliveries of the final three OPVs, but continued good progress on the Type 26 programme which the OPV programme has enabled through the sustainment of jobs and skills.”

Delivery of the OPV programme is one of the key commitments laid out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.

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Make Way for Medway as Second New Patrol Ship is Named
(Source: Royal Navy; issued Oct 20, 2017)
Meet the latest addition to the Naval family: HMS Medway, the second of five new patrol vessels for the fleet.

This morning a bottle of Chatham-made Dockyard Gin smashed against the bow of the 2,000-tonne warship, formally named at BAE's Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and sponsor of Medway throughout her active life.

In under two years' time the ship will be on patrol - either at home or abroad - as one of the second-generation River-class vessels ordered by the government to replace the first series built over a decade ago - HM Ships Tyne, Mersey, Severn and Clyde.

In their place come HMS Forth - currently undergoing trials off the Scottish coast and earmarked to replace Clyde as permanent guardship of the Falklands - followed by Medway, Trent, Tamar and Spey.

“This year we have already named our second aircraft carrier, two Type 26 frigates and the first in the offshore patrol vessel class.
Sir Michael Fallon

Like their predecessors, the second generation of ships will act as the constant eyes and ears of the Royal Navy, chiefly - though not exclusively - operating around the UK.

They will enforce fishing regulations, ensuring British and foreign crews do not break international rules and exceed quotas, monitor the progress of passing foreign warships and generally support security missions to safeguard the nation's borders and shoreline.

In addition, when needed, Medway and her sisters can deploy thousands of miles from the mother country, such as patrols to support counter-drug trafficking efforts in the Caribbean.

All five vessels - built by BAE jointly at their Govan and Scotstoun yards - are sustaining around 800 jobs north of the border, with the final ship in the class, Spey, due to be in service by the close of 2020.

Each ship has a crew of 58 and is equipped with a 30mm main gun and flight deck capable of accommodating a Merlin helicopter. With a top speed of 24kts (27½mph), the second-generation can sail 5,500 nautical miles (over 6,300 miles) without needing resupply.

Medway is, unsurprisingly, affiliated with the Medway district and Medway Council whose leader, Cllr Allan Jarrett, said the naming of the new vessel was most welcome for "an area which has a rich naval heritage.

"Today we celebrate a new vessel being added to the fleet to help protect UK waters and we would be pleased to invite HMS Medway to visit us on the River Medway soon."

Sir Michael said the new ship would "help keep Britain safe".

He continued: "This year we have already named our second aircraft carrier, two Type 26 frigates and the first in the offshore patrol vessel class.

"It is a privilege to see yet another ship named for the growing Royal Navy. Named after Kent's main river, my family has taken a particular interest in HMS Medway over the course of its construction and this is a proud day for all involved."

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Second River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel Named in Glasgow
(Source: BAE Systems; issued Oct 20, 2017)
HMS MEDWAY, the second of five new River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, was officially named today during a ceremony at BAE Systems’ site at Scotstoun, Glasgow.

Guests watched as Lady Wendy Fallon, HMS MEDWAY’s sponsor and wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, named the 2,000 tonne, 90-metre-long vessel. In keeping with Royal Navy tradition, Lady Fallon pressed the button that released a bottle of Dockyard Gin from the Copper Rivet Distillery in Chatham, Kent, against the ship’s hull.

Iain Stevenson, Managing Director of BAE Systems Naval Ships, said: “Today’s naming ceremony is another proud moment in an exceptionally busy year for our business and the Royal Navy. Following the naming of the first River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel in March this year, our employees had the opportunity to celebrate seeing the first Aircraft Carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, set sail for the first time; the first plate of steel cut for the first Type 26 Global Combat Ship; and the naming of the second Aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. We look forward to delivering HMS MEDWAY to the Royal Navy next year.”

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “This year we have already named our second aircraft carrier, two Type 26 frigates and the first in the Offshore Patrol Vessel class. It is a privilege to see yet another ship named for the growing Royal Navy. Named after Kent’s main river, my family has taken a particular interest in HMS Medway over the course of its construction and this is a proud day for all involved.

“From counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling to securing the UK’s borders, HMS Medway will help keep Britain safe.”

HMS MEDWAY will shortly embark on sea trials where she will be put through her paces in the open waters off the coast of Scotland. With a crew of 58 HMS MEDWAY is expected to enter service with the Royal Navy in 2019.

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