The UK Royal Navy’s second-generation River-class patrol ship HMS Forth has commenced training around the Isle of Wight and Solent as it prepares to become the Falklands’ permanent guardship.
Forth is the first of five second-generation River-class patrol ships built by BAE Systems to be delivered to the Navy by the end of next year.
The vessel has completed the first week of trials and safety drills off its home base of Portsmouth.
As part of the trials, Forth’s crew conducted drills including man overboard, fire-fighting, damage control, and machinery breakdown.
Forth will undergo more demanding training and trials before joining operational duty to replace HMS Clyde.