Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron have taken supply of their second new £5m patrol boat. HMS Cutlass (P295) joins HMS Dagger (P296) for his or her position of ‘guardians of the Rock’, changing HMS Sabre and Scimitar, which operated in Gibraltar’s waters for practically 20 years. Dagger should first bear a rigorous set of sea trials and security checks till she will be able to fly a White Ensign. These trials are on account of be full in mid-2022. Delivered by Marine Specialised Expertise, Dagger and Cutlass shall be primarily based in HM Naval Base Gibraltar and used to patrol British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, assist British workout routines and operations within the space and can maintain shut watch over Gibraltar’s shores.

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Simon Holden stated: “The arrival of HMS Dagger to the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron is the end result of many months of laborious work by our industrial companions, the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy. That is an extremely proud second for everybody concerned within the challenge and as her first Commanding Officer, I’m wanting ahead to placing HMS Dagger by means of her paces and getting her operational as quickly as attainable. She is now going to conduct a number of sea trials earlier than elevating the White Ensign in mid-2022.”


HMS Dagger (P296) is a Cutlass-class quick patrol boat of the British Royal Navy. She is a quick patrol boat with a most pace of round 41 knots (76 km/h; 47 mph) designed for sovereignty safety and coastal safety duties. She arrived in Gibraltar in November 2021 after present process sea trials in Liverpool. Sabre and Scimitar returned to the UK in the summertime of 2020, when HMS Dasher and Pursuer acted because the principal Royal Navy presence round Gib, becoming a member of the squadron’s Pacific 24 RIBs on patrols. Cutlass was handed over final 12 months for trials forward of being declared totally operational this spring.

The Cutlass class is a category of quick patrol boats of the British Royal Navy. The 2 vessels of this class are a industrial HPB-1900 design, constructed to army specs by Merseyside-based Marine Specialised Expertise. The position of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron is to conduct maritime operations to supply safety in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, reassure the Gibraltarians and exhibit the UK sovereignty of Gibraltar. Additionally they present drive safety to visiting warships, submarines and auxiliary items alongside their civilian counterparts within the Gibraltar Defence Police drive. They carry out this obligation one year a 12 months. That is an extremely proud second for everybody