by John Kinsman – Marine Correspondent
New counter terrorism ship named
A new counter terrorist Royal Navy ship has been officially named.
The River class offshore patrol vessel was given the title HMS Trent by its sponsor Pamela Potts. She released a bottle of gin from the Nelson Gin Distillery and Gin School in Stafford against the ships hull to officially name the vessel. It is the third of five such vessels being brought into operations to help secure UK borders.
Defence minster Guto Bebb MP said “as the third of the five offshore patrol vessels constructed in Scotland HMS Trent will soon be part of a fleet of highly capable ships. These new vessels will keep the UK safe by conducting counter-terrorism, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling and other vital maritime operations.
UK defence has invested in an unprecedented ship building production line in Glasgow and the city’s shipyards with their 1,700 highly skilled engineers and technicians are benefiting from a full order books for the next two decades.”
HMS Trent was built at BAE Systems site in Govan, Glasgow and is now making final preparations to enter the water for the first time in the coming weeks. The vessel will be loaded onto a barge which will then be lowered into the water before outfitting and systems installation can take place. It is expected to be delivered to the Royal Navy in the second half of this year.
HMS Trent as well as sister ships HMS Forth and HMS Medway are being constructed under contract signed with BAE Systems in 2014 worth £348million.
Missing Fife student
Coastwatch St Monans have been involved in the huge search for missing St Andrews student Duncan Sim who went missing after a night out in St Andrews. Over 100 volunteers have been searching for Duncan. As I write this, there is still no sign of Duncan.
Coastwatch St Monans team were Station Manager John Kinsman, Anne Kinsman, Henry Sun and Sue Johnston.