HMS Clyde (P257) has been decommissioned and is expected to be sold to the Brazilian Navy. By Coast Guard standards, she is almost new, not yet 13 years old. She is being replaced by a new ship of the more capable River Batch II class that evolved from HMS Clyde and three earlier River class Offshore Patrol Vessel.
As an OPV, Clyde’s design is largely unremarkable (specifications below), but her twelve year deployment on distant station, with reportedly only a single yard period, in spite of having a crew of only 40 on a ship slightly larger than a 270 foot WMEC, is quite unusual.
HMS Clyde was commissioned in 30 Jan. 2007 and decommissioned 20 Dec. 2019. In Brazil where she will join three newer, but similar type ships, also built in Britain.
- Displacement: 2000 tons
- Length: 81.5 m (267 ft 5 in)
- Beam: 13.5 m (44 ft 3 in)
- Propulsion: twin diesel, 11,280 HP total
- Speed: 21 knots
- Endurance: 21 days
- Range: 5,500 nmi (10,200 km)
- Flight Deck for helicopters up to and including Merlin
- Armament: 30mm auto cannon, 2 miniguns