The second of the Royal Navy’s next-generation patrol ships is set to dock in Chatham following her maiden voyage.
HMS Medway will remain at the port, run by Peel Ports, for three days of celebration, before going on operation tackling illegal activity at sea.
Her journey begun on the river Clyde in Scotland, where she was built in just four years from the first steel being cut. Following a stop at her home port of Portsmouth in mid-June, the vessel will arrive at Chatham, part of the London Medway cluster, ahead of three days of official celebrations.
In what is a major event for the Royal Navy calendar, activities include a commissioning ceremony, official calls and granting of the Freedom of the Borough of Medway. The celebrations will culminate with a Freedom Parade on Sunday 21 September, after which she will be ready for operation.
The vessel will take advantage of London Medway’s deep-water access, high-level port security and strategic position on the Thames, which is perfect for ships of varying sizes coming from everywhere in the world.
Martin Hughes, Marine Services Manager for Peel Ports London Medway said: “We’re really proud to play our part in welcoming HMS Medway to London Medway, hosting a full itinerary of celebrations to mark the concluding stage of her maiden journey before she embarks on official duty.
“We’ve been working closely with Medway Council to carefully plan the ship’s arrival and docking, drawing upon the port team’s significant expertise to ensure this extremely important event in the Royal Navy calendar is a resounding success.”
The 2,000-tonne, 90.5-metre HMS Medway is the second of the Navy’s next-generation patrol ships, designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter-terrorism and maritime defence duties. She is the second of five new Royal Navy River-class offshore patrol vessels and will house 50 crew members.
For more information on Peel Ports London Medway, please visit: www.peelports.com/ports/london-medway
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