West India Dock welcomed the arrival of the HMS Severn, the HMS Severn is a River-class offshore patrol vessel of the Royal Navy and is the ninth ship in the Royal Navy to have this name.
She was built by Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton and launched in 2002, the main function of the ship is to serve as a fishery protection vessel within the United Kingdom’s waters along with her two sister ships Mersey and Tyne. All three were commissioned into service in 2003. HMS Severn has a length of 79.5 m (260 ft 10 in) , beam of 13.6 m (44 ft 7 in) and carries a crew that can range from 30 to 50.
Unusually for a River-class vessel, HMS Severn in 2014 was deployed overseas to patrol the North Atlantic. She patrolled the Caribbean region, visiting 29 ports in 20 different countries and islands including all of the British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean – Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Anguilla and Grand Cayman.
More recently, the ship was involved in a joint operation involving UK and French law enforcement which involved seizure of around 2.4 tonnes of cocaine from a freighter a few miles off the UK’s south coast. It was estimated that the cocaine had a street value of £350m.
HMS Severn is here for a four-day visit to be part of London Fire Brigade 150th anniversary celebrations,the ship was greeted by one of the Lambeth-based fire boats – Fire Dart – which saluted Severn with jets of water as she approached North Greenwich.
On Monday, the ship is hosting a capability demonstration on board in the evening for specially invited guests, including the Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade. Two buglers from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Collingwood, will perform during a ceremonial sunset.