MANAMA, (BM) – BAE Systems sold to Bahrain the retired British Navy Clyde River-1 class patrol ship, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Navy Lookout statement.
The Clyde, which was handed over to the Bahraini Navy, was renamed Al-Zubarah in a ceremony held August 7 in Portsmouth, according to Navyrecognition.com.
As BulgarianMilitary.com reported earlier, the contract for the construction of the first three ships of the River project was signed with VT Group on May 8, 2001. The last of these ships was transferred to the British Navy on 24 March 2004. In December 2004, a contract was signed with VT Group for the construction of a modified design (“River-1”) of the fourth ship of the series, intended for patrol duty in the Falkland Islands zone.
At the same time, the ship was transferred to the UK Ministry of Defense for a five-year lease – until 2012 with the possibility of extending the lease, returning it to the owner, or buying the ship.
The P-284 “Clyde” was intended to replace two outdated ships of the “Castle” project – “Dumbarton Castle” and “Leeds Castle”. The ship was launched on June 14, 2006. The official handover ceremony for the Clyde to the British Navy took place on July 5, 2007. Since August 2007, the ship has been used to ensure security in the Falkland Islands area.
The length of the ship is 81.5 m, width – 13.6 m, draft – 3.8 m, displacement – 1850 tons, cruising range – 5500 nautical miles at a speed of 12 knots, maximum speed – 21 knots, crew – 36 people. The Clyde is equipped with a diesel main power plant with two Ruston 12RK 270 4125 kW engines.
The ship is armed with an Oerlikon KCB 30mm artillery mount and machine guns. The size of the helipad allows the use of Lynx, Sea King and Merlin helicopters.
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