HMS Medway is coming home. The Towns are set to hold a historic event which will see the newest patrol vessel in a Royal Navy fleet commissioned in the area it takes its name from. HMS Medway, which is due to arrive in Chatham on Tuesday, September 17, will be officially commissioned during its stay, placing the ship on active service ready for global deployment. It is rare that a ship gets commissioned in the place it takes its name from, making the visit even more special. HMS Medway is a 90-metre offshore patrol vessel and will be involved in counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling operations to help keep Britain safe. Construction began in June 2015 when the first steel was cut in Glasgow. The ship was then later named at Scotstoun yard on the Clyde by Lady Fallon, wife of the then Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon. She has a total length of 90.5 metres and a flight deck which can operate the Merlin helicopter. The vessel is also armed with a 30mm automatic cannon, two miniguns, four machine guns and is capable of more than 24 knots. To mark the historic occasion, public events will be held on Saturday, September… Read full this story
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