HMS Severn rejoins Royal Navy after decommissioned for three years

HMS Severn has returned to operational status after being axed from the navy in October 2017.

The Portsmouth-based offshore patrol ship was saved from the scrapyard by former defence secretary Gavin Williamson in November 2018, alongside two of her sister ships.

HMS Severn

The vessels will all bolster Britain’s ability to patrol UK waters after Brexit, while the more advanced batch two patrol ships are based on long-term missions overseas.

HMS Severn has been recommissioned into the navy after almost three years out of the fleet.

To prepare Severn for her return to naval service, her crew have spent three weeks carrying out an operational sea training assessment.

Severn’s skipper, Commander Philip Harper said the 1,700-tonne warship was ready to do its part to defend British waters.

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Cdr Harper added: ‘We have regenerated Severn and successfully completed three weeks of basic operational sea training.

‘This is the first time in living memory that the Royal Navy has re-commissioned a ship, and it’s been a challenge. We’ve achieved all of this during a global pandemic.’

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