HMS Medway (P223)

HMS Medway is the second of five new River-class offshore patrol vessels.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

2,000 tonnes

Total displacement

90.5 metres

Total length

24+ knots

Top speed

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Commanding Officer

Commander Ben Power

Ben joined the Royal Navy in 2003 and completed Fighter Control School in 2006. This was followed by a variety of operational appointments in support of UK/US Carrier Strike operations in the Middle East. He first assumed Sea Command and took up the dual role of Officer-in-Charge of Wales URNU and of the unit’s associated patrol vessel, HMS Express.He has since in Comand of a number of ships.

HMS Medway's role

HMS Medway is a River-class offshore patrol vessel. Along with her sister vessels, she was designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter terrorism and maritime defence duties.

The first steel was cut on HMS Medway in June 2015, at a ceremony in Glasgow. HMS Medway was formally named at BAE's Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and sponsor of Medway throughout her active life, on 20 October 2017.

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