MSTG win contract for two high-speed patrol craft

Marine Specialised Technology Group (MSTG) has won the contract to supply two 19m high-speed patrol craft to the Royal Navy.

These craft will be replacing HMS Pursuer and HMS Dasher and will be commissioned into the Royal Navy once fully operational in Gibraltar. They will be the first commissioned Royal Navy craft to be built on the Mersey since 1992 when Cammell Laird launched the submarine HMS Unicorn and the first Royal Navy surface craft since they launched HMS Campbeltown in 1987.

The craft have been jointly developed with BMT Group.

The £9.9m, six-year contract will support 30 jobs and create 25 additional employment opportunities, according to Naval Technology.

Work under the contract is expected to take around 18 months, with construction scheduled to commence this month at MST’s boatyard on Merseyside.

The new craft will be a step-change for the Gibraltar Squadron providing a larger platform that has improved speed, handling, seakeeping and protection compared to the Archer Class. Other enhancements include an integrated paperless bridge system and a modern communication and surveillance suite.

“We are very proud to be working with DE&S helping to deliver tomorrow’s technology and ensure our UK Armed Forces are at the cutting edge of capability,” says Philip Hilbert, sales director.

“This contract is particularly prestigious and reflects just how far Marine Specialised Technology has come in the last eighteen years and is a commendation for all of the hard work and dedication that our team has put in.”

“These new vessels will enable the Royal Navy to maintain the security of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters and protect British, Nato and allied ships transiting through the region,” says UK Defence Minister Jeremy Quin.

“This contract will also support highly skilled jobs across the UK, which clearly demonstrates how national security and regional prosperity go hand in hand.”

The boats will provide force protection to vessels visiting UK and allied military vessels.

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