UK: River-class offshore patrol vessel HMS Trent arrives in Ghana

According to information published by the Royal Navy on November 10, 2021, as part of a 3 month-long deployment, UK Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Trent has arrived in Accra.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 River-class offshore patrol vessel HMS Trent (Picture source: Twitter account of Jakepor21)

Built-in Scotland, the ship has sailed from the UK to the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, visiting Ghana as well as Nigeria, Senegal, Gambia and Cape Verde for security patrols and a mission to support the UK’s allies in West Africa.

Royal Marines from 42 Commando are on board. This specialist unit will train military personnel from partner countries including Ghana. 42 Commando are experts in boarding operations, helping to end illegal maritime activity like piracy, drugs-smuggling and terrorism.

The training they will deliver to Ghana’s Armed Forces will include boarding and searching of suspicious vessels, as well as evidence handling and medical skills.

HMS Trent is one of 5 Royal Navy patrol ships currently operating around the world in areas of critical importance to the UK – from the Indo-Pacific, South Atlantic to the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

HMS Trent is a Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessel, named after the River Trent. This is the sixth Royal Navy ship named Trent. She is the third Batch 2 River-class vessel to be commissioned and is forward-deployed to Gibraltar.

The HMS Trent is armed with one 30 mm DS30B gun, a ship-protection system made by MSI-Defence Systems consisting of a 30mm Mark 44 Bushmaster II cannon on an automated mount, two General purpose 7.62mm machine guns, and two Miniguns.

The River class is a class of offshore patrol vessels built primarily for the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. A total of nine were built for the Royal Navy (RN), four Batch 1 and five Batch 2.

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