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HMS Trent (P224)

Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)

United Kingdom | 2020

"Granted good sea legs, modest armament, and ocean-going capabilities, HMS Trent forms a potent OPV solution for the modern British Royal Navy."

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HMS Trent (P224) is an all-modern Blue Water patrol warship in service with the British Royal Navy. The ship was ordered in August 2014 and saw her keel laid down on October 7th, 2015. Launched on March 20th, 2018, the vessel was formally commissioned into Royal navy service on August 3rd, 2020 and maintains an active presence in the fleet, homeporting out of storied Portsmouth and Gibraltar.

The ship fights under the motto of "Crowned with laurels, Through Hard Work".

The ship belongs to the Rover-class of which 14 total hulls were built across two distinct production "batches" known simply as Batch 1 and Batch 2 - though only 8 made their way to the Royal Navy as 3 were procured by the Brazilian Navy, 2 by the Royal Thai Navy, and a single hull by the Royal Bahrain Naval Force. Construction of the class has been ongoing since 2001 and commissioned service since 2003.

"Batch 1" ships were constructed by Vosper Thornycraft while "Batch 2" hulls were undertaken by BAe Systems Maritime - Naval Ships for their part. Batch 1 ships displace 1,700 tons and have slightly shorter (260.9 feet) overall lengths while being powered by original Ruston 12R270 marine diesels of 11,060 horsepower to 2 x Shafts. Batch 2 ships displace 2,000 tons and feature a 296.10 foot length and are powered by 2 x MAN 16V28/33D marine diesels of 19,700 horsepower (twin shafts).

HMS Trent follows the Batch 2 design standard.

The installed propulsion scheme allows Trent to hit ocean-going speeds of 25 knots in open water under ideal conditions. Range is out to 5,500 nautical miles, equating to 6,300 miles.

Onboard is a complement of up to 45 personnel and supplies can have the ship on-station for up to 35 days before requiring resupply. A pair of RHIBs are carried for fast interception / boarding actions. Navigation is aided y the Kelvin Hughes "SharpEye" and the radar fit is a Terma Scanter 4100 series 2D system with BAe CMS-1. Over the rear of the ship is a helipad supporting a single medium-lift (typically Merlin) navy helicopter for Over-the-Horizon (OtH) work. Support is also in-built for small-class unmanned aerial drones to be launched and retrieved from the flight deck section.

Armament encompasses 1 x 30mm DS308B turreted chain gun, 4 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs), and 2 x 7.62mm Medium Machine Guns (MMGs). Minigun weapons since removed.

The profile of the vessel is consistent with modern warship design where protrusions are kept to a minimum. The hull superstructure is stepped towards the bridge section which is given a commanding view over the forecastle. Integrated to the bridge section is the main mast works seating all manner of communications, radar, and sensor fits. The paired smoke funnels are positioned just aft of the mast near amidships and the remainder of the vessels design steps down towards the stern area revealing the helipad. A single powered utility crane is fitted for management of cargo loads from other ships or dock works.

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December 2023 - HMS Trent is to join a U.S. naval deterrent force near Guyana as a Venezuela eyes oil and mineral rich areas of its neighbor's territory.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for HMS Trent (P224).
2 x MAN 16V28/33D marine diesel engines developing 19,700 horsepower each driving 2 x Shafts astern.
25.0 kts
28.8 mph
Surface Speed
5,475 nm
6,300 miles | 10,139 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of HMS Trent (P224).
296.1 ft
90.25 meters
O/A Length
42.7 ft
13.01 meters
12.5 ft
3.81 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of HMS Trent (P224).
1 x 30mm DS30B deck gun.
4 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).
2 x 7.62mm Medium Machine Guns (MMGs).
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of HMS Trent (P224).
1 x Medium-lift (Merlin) navy helicopter supported from the stern.
Ships-in-Class (14)
Notable series variants as part of the HMS Trent (P224) family line as relating to the River-class group.
HMS Tyne (P281); HMS Severn (P282); HMS Mersey (P283); HMS Clyde (P257); HMS Forth (P222); HMS Medway (P223); HMS Trent (P224); HMS Tamar (P233); HMS Spey (P234)
Global operator(s) of the HMS Trent (P224). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): BAe Systems Naval Ships - UK
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Image of the HMS Trent (P224)
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