Scimitar-class patrol vessel
HMS Sabre, 2011
|Preceded by||Archer class|
|In commission||2003 –|
|Displacement||24 tonnes (24 long tons)|
|Length||16 m (52 ft 6 in)|
|Beam||3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)|
|Draught||1.2 m (3 ft 11 in)|
|Propulsion||2 × MAN 2480LXE diesels, 2 shafts|
|Speed||32 knots (37 mph; 59 km/h)|
|Range||260 nmi (480 km) at 19 kn (35 km/h)|
|Complement||5 (1 officer, 4 ratings)|
|Sensors and |
|Racal-Decca Bridgemaster 360, I band navigation radar|
|Armament||2 × General purpose machine guns (stern-mounted)|
The two vessels of this class are of a commercial design known as the Lifespan Patrol Vessel built by Halmatic (now BAE Systems Surface Ships), and formerly served in an inshore waterways anti-terrorist role in Northern Ireland. They were acquired for the Royal Navy in 2003 for service with the Gibraltar Squadron, releasing two Archer-class boats that had filled this role for service with the Cyprus Squadron.
With the decommissioning of the survey launch HMS Gleaner in February 2018, the two Scimitar-class boats became the smallest commissioned vessels in the Royal Navy. The two vessels were returned to the U.K. from Gibraltar in 2020, having been replaced there by two Archer-class boats, but were reported as still operational in Portsmouth at the end of 2020.
Vessels in the class
(ex-MV Grey Fox)
|P284||Halmatic Ltd, Portsmouth||2003||Active in service|
(ex-MV Grey Wolf)
|P285||Halmatic Ltd, Southampton||Active in service|
- "Patrol Boats - Scimitar class". Royal Navy. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- "Royal Navy decommissions inshore survey vessel HMS Gleaner". Naval Today. 19 February 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- "Patrol Boats - Scimitar class". Royal Navy.