The United Kingdom announced the £287 million manufacturing contract for two further River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) named HMS Tamar and HMS Spey and support services for the five ship programme, taking the total value to £635 million.

The first vessel, HMS Forth, entered the water in August. The second ship, HMS Medway, is scheduled to enter the water in the spring of 2017 while the third ship, HMS Trent, is currently at an advanced stage of assembly. HMS FORTH is due to be delivered to the Royal Navy in 2017.

rs47659_opv-forth-arrives-in-scotstoun-lpr-b(River-class offshore patrol vessels, BAE system).

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