A Royal Navy patrol vessel made a quick dash into Stornoway today, during a week of patrol and training exercises in the Minch.
HMS Severn (P282) is a River-class off-shore patrol vessel on duty around UK waters throughout the year. She is due to be in and around the Minch for the next week.
Her quick dash into Stornoway showed off some of her speed and manoeuvrability, as she cut through the waters close to Point, Lochs and North Harris at close to her top speed of 20 knots.
She’s nicknamed Lucky Severn after her namesake submarine, which came through the Second World War undamaged.
Commissioned in 2002, in 2017 she was paid off, but then became the first Royal Navy vessel in nearly 40 years to be brought back to life and recommissioned in 2020.
As she returned to service in June 2020, her Commanding Officer Commander Philip Harper said: “This is the first time in living memory that the Royal Navy has re-commissioned a ship, and it’s been a challenge. We’ve achieved all of this during a global pandemic.”
HMS Severn has an important role to play training Royal Navy navigators, who have joined the ship for testing pilotage off the west coast of Scotland and in the English Channel.
In December 2020 she was part of a Royal Navy response to the presence of a Russian submarine, the warship Vice-Admiral Kulakov and a series of Russian patrol and supply vessels which were spotted off the west of the Hebrides and in the English Channel.
Commander Philip Harper said at that time: “In very challenging conditions with rough weather, Severn and several other British and allied ships have spent 20 days ensuring that Russian transiting warships remain under our watchful eyes.”
Pictures from the Royal Navy.