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Even'n everyone. FiddlersGreen bringing you my very first topic post here. I hope not to disappoint. Today I would like to tell you a little more about the River class patrol vessel, now this ship is currently in service in two navy's around the world, The UK's Royal Navy and the Royal Thai Navy. A class of five offshore vessels these ships where built for the Royal Navy in order to replace the ageing class of seven Island class.These ships are primarily used for fisheries protection. Class overview Name: River class Builders: Vosper Thornycroft (now BAE Systems Surface Ships) Operators: Royal Navy Royal Thai Navy Preceded by: Castle class Subclasses: HMS Clyde, HTMS Krabi In commission: June 2003 Completed: 5 Active: 5 General characteristics Type: Patrol vessel Displacement: 1,677 tonnes Length: 79.5 metres Beam: 13.6 metres Draught: 3.8 metres Installed power: 4,125 kW (5,532 hp) at 1,000 rpm Propulsion: 2 × Ruston 12RK 270 diesel engines Speed: 20 kn (37 km/h) Range: 7,800 nautical miles (14,400 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h) Boats & landing craft carried: 2 × rigid inflatable boats Complement: 30, accommodation for 20 more Armament: 1 × 20 mm gun 2 × general purpose machine guns These ship are larger than the Island class that came before them, this allows them the possibility to be suited to a certain role, For example this role could be; Fire fighting. Disaster relief. Anti-pollution efforts. For more information why not pay the following site a visit? http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/The-Fleet/Ships/Patrol-and-Minehunters/River-Class This is my first post so any Constructive feed back would be glad appreciated. Fiddler,