BAE Systems has announced via social media that the company started the construction of three vessels for the Royal UK Navy.
The ships in question are Offshore Patrol Vessels which will be named HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent. With a length of 90 metres, the OPVs will have a displacement of 2,000 tonnes and will be able to reach a maximum speed of 24 knots.
They will be able to accommodate 60 persons for 35 days, and will have a range of over 5,000 nautical miles.
According to the announcement, these construction works mark a new chapter for UK shipbuilding.
BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company. Their products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services.
Naval Today Staff, October 10, 2014; Image: BAE Systems Maritime