While brand new cruise ships, container carriers and ferries appear on the scene quite regularly it’s less often that there is a new warship to see. The past few weeks has been something of an exception with four freshly completed combat vessels from different nations running in and out of Portsmouth.
The Ocean Patrol Vessel, NPaOc Araguari (P122), has been quite active since the Brazilian Navy took delivery on 21 June. The patrol vessel is the last in a series of three ships and will shortly depart for Rio de Janeiro. Another export order has returned to sea for a further batch of sea trials. Al Rahmani is the middle-ship of three highly-sophisticated corvettes being built in Portsmouth for the Royal Navy of Oman. The first, Al Shamikh, was handed over on 26 June. INS Trikand (F51) stopped by on her delivery voyage from St. Petersburg to Mumbai between 12-16 July. The frigate is the last of six Russian-built Talwar class frigates ordered by India. And finally, HMS Duncan (D37), the Royal Navy’s latest ship has been busy conducting sea trails as she builds up towards commissioning.