HMS Tamar (P233)
HMS Tamar with its dazzle camouflage, April 2021
|Ordered||8 December 2016|
|Builder||BAE Systems Naval Ships|
|Laid down||8 December 2016 (1st steel cut)|
|Launched||10 October 2018|
|Sponsored by||Brigitte Peach|
|Christened||21 March 2019|
|Commissioned||17 December 2020|
|Identification||Pennant number: P233|
|Status||In active service|
|Class and type||Batch 2 River-class patrol vessel|
|Displacement||2,000 t (2,000 long tons)|
|Length||90.5 m (296 ft 11 in)|
|Beam||13 m (42 ft 8 in)|
|Draught||3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)|
|Speed||25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)|
|Range||5,500 nmi (10,200 km; 6,300 mi)|
|Boats & landing |
|2 × rigid inflatable boats|
|Aircraft carried||Merlin capable flight deck|
HMS Tamar is a Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessel of the Royal Navy. Named after the River Tamar in England, this is the seventh Royal Navy ship to be named Tamar. She is the fourth Batch 2 River-class vessel to be built.
On 6 November 2013 it was announced that the Royal Navy had signed an Agreement in Principle to build three new offshore patrol vessels, based on the River-class design, at a fixed price of £348 million including spares and support. In August 2014, BAE Systems signed the contract to build the ships on the Clyde in Scotland. The Ministry of Defence stated that the Batch 2 ships are capable of being used for constabulary duties such as "counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations". According to BAE Systems, the vessels are designed to deploy globally, conducting anti-piracy, counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling tasks currently conducted by frigates and destroyers. A £287m order, for two further ships, including Tamar, and support for all five Batch 2 ships, was announced on 8 December 2016.
In April 2021, Tamar became the first Royal Navy warship to be painted in dazzle camouflage since World War II, prior to Tamar's planned deployment with sister ship HMS Spey to the Asia-Pacific region.
On 6 May 2021, Tamar was deployed to Jersey alongside HMS Severn. This was part of a chain of events sparked by a new fishing licence scheme, introduced by the Jersey authorities post Brexit and is alleged by the French to be in contravention of an agreement between the UK and the EU nations and without consultation with the French authorities.
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