Royal Navy – Sloops, Corvettes, and Patrol Vessels

Royal Navy Sloops, Corvettes, and Patrol Vessels

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Sloops

Black Swan Class LOA 299′ / 91.1 m TDISP 1,300 tons (37 built over to types, 1 remaining in Egypt)

ex-HMS Whimbrel U-29 (1943) transferred to Egypt as El Malek Farouq in 1949, renamed Tariq 1954, Egyptian Navy is currently investigating a sale back to Britain (Liverpool) for preservation as a museum ship.

HMS WHIMBREL. THE LATEST SLOOP, 27 JANUARY 1943, AT GREENOCK.
HMS Windrush 1943 © IWM (A 14158)

HMS Whimbrel U-29 Alexandria Egypt 2018HMS Zenith and HMS Whimbrel 2014

Grimsby Class LOA 266′ / 81.1 m TDISP 1,400 tons (13 built, 1 preserved)

HMS Wellington U-65 (1934 – 1947) and became HQ shipHMS Wellington U65 London 2018.jpg

Anchusa Class LOA 262′ / 79.9 m TDISP 1,300 tons (28 retired, 1 preserved)

HMS President ex-HMS Saxifrage “Q-ship” (1918) Anti-submarine vessel disguised to look like a merchant ship. Now HQMS President, stationary ship 1922-2016 Victoria Embankment, Thames, reserve drill ship and gunnery training ship, then sold to civilian interests as a conference center. Was moved for construction of a new tunnel. Currently is in Chatham Dockyard, with plans to return her to the Thames.HMS President London 2015

Offshore Patrol Vessels

River Class Patrol Vessel LOA 260′ / 79.2 m (Batch 1) to 296′ / 90.2 m (Batch 2) TDISP ca. 2,000 tons (11 active)

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HMS Tamar P-233, a batch 2 River class OPV, in her 2021 tribute disruptive “dazzle” scheme. Credit: Forces News, OGL v1.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

River class offshore patrol vessel portsmouth 2019-1River class offshore patrol vessel portsmouth 2019-2

Castle Class OPV LOA 246′ / 75 m TDISP 1,420 tons (1981-2010) transferred to Bangladesh 2010. Castle class OPV Portsmouth 2004Castle class OPV Portsmouth 2005

Patrol Boats

Fairmile Type B motor launch LOA 112′ / 34.1 m TDISP 85 tons Second World War local patrol boats used in a variety of roles. These were often repurposed as ferries, houseboats, excursion vessels, and occasionally private yachts.

Fairmile MLs ex-ferries Galmpton UK 2007

RML-497 after decommissioning, served as a ferry Western Lady III, in the Brixham/Torquay area.

Fairmile RML-497 ferry brixham 2010

ML-357

Fairmile ML-357 Essex 2020Fairmile ML-357 Essex 2006

RML-546

Fairmile RML-526 ferry Rye UK 2018Fairmile RML-526 ferry cornwall 2009

Fairmile Type C motor gunboat LOA 110′ / 33.5 m TDISP 72 tons

Fairmile C Xoron Bembridge harbour UK 2015Fairmile C Xoron Bembridge harbour UK 2014

Harbour Defence Motor Launch / Seaward Defence Motor Launch LOA 72′ / 21.9 m TDISP 54 tons (ca. 370 built, very few remain) wooden hulled, often of mahogany. Intended for Anti-Submarine defence of the approaches to harbours, but used more widely.

HDML ML-1387 (1943-1968) later HMS Medusa. Museum ship with HMS Medusa Trust, operating out of Gosport. Postwar she served as a surveying ship, and then was sold privately, until refurbished and preserved in 2003. Her long and colourful history is explored at the website of the Trust.

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HDML 1387 HMS Medusa at Haslar Marina, 2015. Credit: Murgatroyd49, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

HDML ML1387 - HMS Medusa Gosport 2020

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