Navy: Fisheries

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fishing protection vessels the UK operates; under whose jurisdiction those vessels operate; what the names are of those vessels; and how many days each of those vessels has had at sea in the last five years.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Royal Navy (RN) has four River-Class Offshore Patrol Vessels that also conduct fishery protection activities alongside their Defence tasking. They are HMS MERSEY, HMS TYNE, HMS SEVERN and HMS FORTH. They are used to fulfil the RN’s commitments under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Marine Management Organisation, for fishery protection tasking.

These ships remain under RN Command.

The days spent at sea between 1 January 2014 until 30 September 2019 for all tasking; including the activity under the MOU:

SHIP

DAYS AT SEA

HMS MERSEY

1,271

HMS TYNE

1,081

HMS SEVERN (1)

848

HMS FORTH (2)

268

Footnote:

  1. HMS SEVERN was decommissioned in October 2017. However, as my right hon. Friend, Gavin Williamson, announced onboard HMS TYNE on 22 November 2018, the three Batch One OPV (HMS MERSEY, HMS TYNE and HMS SEVERN) will be retained for at least two years and may return to the fisheries protection task if required.
  1. HMS FORTH’s Vessel Acceptance Date was February 2018.

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