|HMS Mersey (P283)|
|Launched:||14 June 2003|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs Jennie Reeve|
|Commissioned:||28 November 2003|
|Identification:||Pennant number: P283|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2021[update]|
|Class & type:||River-class patrol vessel|
|Propulsion:||2 × Ruston 12RK 270 Main engines developing 4,125 kW @ 1,000 rpm|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Range:||7,800 nautical miles (14,400 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Boats & landing |
|2 × Halmatic Jet Pacific 22 rigid inflatable boats|
|Complement:||30 (+ Royal Marine boarding party)|
1 × 20 mm British Manufacturing and Research Company (BMARC) KAA|
2 ×General purpose machine guns
She was built by Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton to serve as fishery protection units within the United Kingdom's waters along with her two sister ships Tyne and Severn. All three were commissioned into service in 2003 to replace the five older Island-class patrol vessels. She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 28 November 2003. At that time, Mersey was not expected to commence duties until February 2004.
Mersey was the last Royal Navy ship to be launched from Vosper Thornycroft at its Woolston shipyard; Jennie Reeve, wife of Rear-Admiral Jonathon Reeve, Chief of Fleet Support, was the ship's sponsor. The first ship launched at the yard was the Tribal-class destroyer Tartar on 25 June 1907.
- HMS Eaglet
- TS Ardent
- Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Liverpool.
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