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HMC Nimrod
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HMC Nimrod alongside at Underfall Yard, Bristol, UK
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Name: Euan
Operator: BP
Ordered: 1 March 2004
Builder:
  • Holyhead Marine, Holyhead
  • Delta ARRC Ltd, Stockport[1]
Laid down: 5 May 2005
Launched: 14 July 2005
Commissioned: 8 August 2006
In service: 2006
Out of service: 2016
Identification:
Status: Sold to UK Border Force[3]
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Operator: 2016–present: UK Border Force
Acquired: July 2016
Renamed: Nimrod[4]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Coastal Patrol Vessel
Tonnage:
Length: 17.75 m (58.2 ft)
Beam: 5.63 m (18.5 ft)[4]
Draught: 0.9 m (3.0 ft)
Installed power: 1,288 kW (1,727 hp)[4]
Propulsion:
  • Two Caterpillar C18 main engines[1]
  • Two reduction gearboxes
  • Two waterjets
Speed:
  • 34 kn (63 km/h)[1] in full planing mode
  • 24 kn (44 km/h)[1] up to 7m wave height
  • Range: 150 nmi (280 km)
    Armament: None

    HMC Nimrod is a Border Force coastal patrol vessel of the United Kingdom, formerly Euan, an Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft operated by BP.[5] She was originally built by Holyhead Marine, Holyhead and Delta Marine, Stockport and was operated by BP as a rescue boat aboard larger offshore support vessels. Euan was acquired by the UK Border Force in July 2016 and renamed HMC Nimrod.[4]

    ConstructionEdit

    Nimrod is one of eight coastal patrol vessels of the UK Border Force.[6] Built in 2006 Nimrod was originally named Euan and served as an Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft in the North Sea for offshore projects. Euan was operated as a daughter craft from a larger offshore support vessel and launched when needed via a davit. The design includes a deep-vee hull design constructed from fibre-reinforced plastic.[1] The design is also self-righting and can return to the upright position if capsized.[1]

    After service with BP from 2006 to 2016, Euan was sold to the UK Border Force[3] for use as a coastal patrol vessel. The vessel was renamed Nimrod and entered service in October 2016.

    PropulsionEdit

    Nimrod is fitted with twin Caterpillar C18 engines[1] driving twin water jets[1] through a pair of reduction gearboxes.[1] The total installed power of 1,288 kW (1,727 hp)[4] gives Nimrod a top speed of 34 knots (63 km/h)[4] in calm seas, or up to 24 knots (44 km/h) in seas with up to 7 metres significant wave height.[1]

    ReferencesEdit

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