UK: Repairs of the Royal Navy's River class OPV Tyne are progressing

According to information published by the UK MoD on August 11, 2022, the refit period of the Royal Navy's River class Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Tyne is progressing.
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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 Tyne (Picture source: UK MoD)

HMS Tyne is a River-class offshore patrol vessel built by Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton for the Royal Navy to serve as a fishery protection unit within the United Kingdom's waters along with her two sister ships Mersey and Severn. All three were commissioned into service in 2003 to replace the five older Island-class patrol vessels.

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.

The River class are significantly larger than the Island-class vessels and have a large open deck aft allowing them to be fitted with equipment for a specific role, which can include fire-fighting, disaster relief, and anti-pollution work.

For this purpose, a 25-tonne (25-long-ton; 28-short-ton) capacity crane is fitted. In addition, the deck is strong enough for the transport of various tracked and wheeled light vehicles or an LCVP. The class is primarily used with the Fishery Protection Squadron and EEZ patrol.