HMS Severn Returns to Portsmouth, UK

HMS Severn Returns to Portsmouth, UK

Fishery protection vessel HMS Severn has returned to Portsmouth following a major upgrade at Falmouth.

Work during the two–month refit included overhauls to her two main engines and generators plus revamped accommodation areas.

Her two seaboats have also been fully serviced and the freshwater production system on board has been updated. She also received a fresh lick of paint.

Severn’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Tim Berry, gave the refit the thumbs up.

“I am happy with the standard of the work that has been carried out and materially we are now in a good state. My priority now is to get my ship’s company up to a standard that will allow us to deliver her full operational capability, something she is famous for.”

The ship will soon return to the Navy’s fishery protection squadron, working at least 275 days a year at sea enforcing British and European fisheries law.

The ships send two-person teams to inspect fishing vessels, ensuring they have the correct nets, log books and licences. HMS Severn and her sister vessels Tyne and Mersey can also be used for anything from fire-fighting to disaster relief operations.

Press Release, July 16, 2013; Image: Royal Navy