Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Royal Navy Warship Sails Into Her Namesake River

London October 27, 2010 - The Royal Navy’s fisheries protection vessel, HMS Mersey, will sail into Liverpool this weekend for a five-day visit and will be open to the general public.

For the 1,677 tonne ship, the weekend will provide an opportunity not only to visit her affiliated areas of Southport and Sefton, but also to allow the general public to get on board.
HMS Mersey will dock alongside at the city’s Cruise Liner Terminal on Thursday morning and her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Carl Wiseman, will spend the afternoon making official calls on both the Mayor of Sefton and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.
On Friday, as well as a number of organised group visits to the ship, members of the ship’s company will also roll up their sleeves to help St Joseph’s Hospice with a spot of painting and decorating.
And on Saturday, the general public will get the opportunity to go on board a warship when HMS Mersey opens her gangway to visitors from 1-4pm.
“Bringing Mersey to the Mersey is rather special,” said Lieutenant Commander Wiseman. “We are all very much looking forward to welcoming local people on board and explaining more about the ship and the Royal Navy to them. And we are obviously delighted to be able to help St Joseph’s Hospice during our stay with a bit of elbow grease and creativity.”
The ship will leave on Monday morning.
HMS Mersey is a 1,677-tonne River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel, built for Fisheries Protection duties around the UK. She is 79m long, with a breadth of 13m and a displacement of 1,677 tonnes. Her twin diesel engines can propel her to a top speed of 20 knots, giving her a range of 7,800 nautical miles.
The working deck of the vessel is large enough to transport smaller craft such as oil spill recovery tractors and small landing craft, meaning she can also be used for disaster relief, anti-pollution and rescue work. She has a crew of 30 sailors and also has bunks for a Royal Marine boarding party.
Portsmouth-based HMS Mersey was built in Woolston Docks, Southampton and is the fifth ship to bear the name in the Royal Navy.
The ship is also affiliated to Sea Cadet unit TS Ardent.

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