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Royal Navy Ships

As a British Overseas Territory, South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands has a close relationship with the Royal Navy. On hand to provide reassurance, protect British sovereignty and support efforts to protect the environment, Royal Navy ships are always a welcome sight.

The Royal Navy’s presence in the South Atlantic region typically is composed of a patrol vessel and a frigate which is supported by tankers from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The patrol vessels are based in the Falkland Islands and visit South Georgia on regular taskings. The officers and crew of these vessels become friends and colleagues for those who live in the Territory. When the moment came to bid farewell to the resident vessel HMS Clyde and welcome its replacement HMS Forth it was both a sombre and celebratory time.

HMS Clyde 80p, £1.05

Launched in 2006, HMS Clyde is a River Class patrol vessel built by VT Shipbuilding in Portsmouth. After undergoing rigorous sea trials and safety training it was commissioned into active service and was deployed to the South Atlantic to relieve HMS Dumbarton Castle which was based in the Falkland Islands.

At 81.5 m in length and with a beam of 13.5 m, the vessel had a top speed of 21 knots and is capable of staying at sea for 21 days without the need for resupply. The vessel is powered by two Ruston 12RK 270 engines and is equipped with a Pacific 22 RIB and a Rigid Raider which are invaluable in difficult beach landings such as those needed to support personnel on the rugged South Georgia beaches. Although aircraft were not carried as standard, a flight-deck is available and has been invaluable in assisting repatriation of med-evac cases from South Georgia.

After a distinguished career as one of the Royal Navy’s great work horses, HMS Clyde returned to Portsmouth Naval base in December 2019 and shortly after was decommissioned from service.

HMS Forth 70p, £1.25

Launched in 2016, HMS Forth is a Batch 2 River class offshore patrol vessel built by BAE Systems Govan shipyard in Glasgow. The vessel is 90.4 m in length and has a beam of 13.5 m and offers cutting edge technology and efficiency. With a maximum speed of 24 knots and the ability to stay at sea for 35 days without re-supply HMS Forth is well suited to explore and protect the remote and isolated islands of the South Atlantic.

Although the commissioning process was not straightforward, HMS Forth arrived in the Falkland Islands in January 2020 and crossed the 850 miles of waters to make her debut patrol to South Georgia in April the same year. HMS Forth has capacity to carry up to 110 personnel and is ideally suited to carry the range of personnel needed to support the Royal Navy and the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands in its shared objectives.

Technical Details

Design Andrew Robinson

Printer Cartor

Process Stochastic lithography

Perforation 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size 42 x 28mm

Sheet layout 10

Release date 8 December, 2020

Ships badges TradeMarks of the Secretary of State

for Defence are used under licence.

Production Coordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd


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