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Construction of 295ft Royal Navy warship HMS Trent begins in Glasgow

Defence minister Philip Dunne was in Govan on Wednesday to cut the first piece of steel for the ship.

HMS Trent is the third of three River Class Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) designed and constructed by BAE Systems. Artist's impression news image uploaded with permission Wednesday October 7 2015
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Construction has begun on one of three new Royal Navy warships at the BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow.

HMS Trent is the third of three River Class Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) designed and constructed by the firm.

Defence minister Philip Dunne was in Govan on Wednesday to cut the first piece of steel for the ship which is part of a £160bn investment.

The 295ft vessel follows on from HMS Forth which began construction in October 2014 and HMS Medway which began in June 2015.

Mr Dunne said: "These new ships will provide an important capability to the Royal Navy and our Armed Forces‎.

"They will perform vital tasks in defending the nation's interests around the world."

"This investment forms part of over £160bn in our ten year Equipment Plan which is funded out of the newly protected Defence budget.

"Manufacture of these ships sustains over 800 quality engineering jobs here in Scotland, ensuring that the shipyards on the Clyde continue to sit at the heart of a thriving naval shipbuilding capability.

"They are paving the way for work to begin on our new T26 frigates next year."

HMS Trent is based on a BAE Systems design capable of ocean patrol with a range of in excess of 5000 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 24 knots.

Each new vessel will include a modified flight deck capable of operating the latest Merlin helicopters, larger stores and more accommodation for embarked troops.

The first of the three ships is due to be delivered to the Royal Navy next year.

Mick Ord, managing director of BAE Systems Naval Ships, added: "It is a very proud moment for us to see the first steel for HMS Trent moving through the production line, which means the entire class of ships is now under construction.

"This design of offshore patrol vessel builds on the Royal Navy's existing River Class ships with variants already in service in Brazil and Thailand where they are making a huge impact delivering maritime security.

"These vessels are already proven to be highly capable and testament to the tremendous skill and dedication of employees on the programme.

"With investments in new technologies, cutting-edge processes, new ways of working and improved facilities we are transforming the way we design and build warships.

"This will enable us to deliver equipment of the highest quality at the lowest possible cost, helping to secure the long-term future of our highly skilled industry in the UK."

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