Advertisement

Navy’s experimental vessel XV Patrick Blackett on the Thames

The Royal Navy’s mysterious experimental vessel XV Patrick Blackett made her debut on the Thames in mid May 2023, as she has been visiting London.

The vessel, which is a Damen-built and -adapted Fast Crew Supplier 4008 (FCS 4008), was designed and built by Damen Group and is an experimental ship used by the Royal Navy as a testing platform for new military technologies.

Ownership of the vessel was transferred to the Royal Navy in March 2021, and the work to adapt the vessel at Damen’s shipyard facility in the Netherlands involved the conversion of passenger and cargo space into a briefing room, office and workshop.

She is capable of speeds in excess of 20 knots, with a range in excess of 3,000 nautical miles, and is named after the Royal Navy veteran and Nobel Prize winning British physicist Patrick Blackett.

Photos by Fraser Gray

The Royal Navy’s mysterious experimental vessel XV Patrick Blackett debuts on the Thames and will be visiting London. The vessel is an experimental ship used by the Royal Navy as a testing platform for new military technologies. She is named after the Royal Navy veteran and Nobel Prize winning British physicist Patrick Blackett. XV Patrick Blackett is pictured alongside HMS President RNR attending the London Seapower Series Defence Conference hosted by First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Ben Key.

 

The Royal Navy’s mysterious experimental vessel XV Patrick Blackett debuts on the Thames and will be visiting London. The vessel is an experimental ship used by the Royal Navy as a testing platform for new military technologies. She is named after the Royal Navy veteran and Nobel Prize winning British physicist Patrick Blackett. XV Patrick Blackett is pictured alongside HMS President RNR attending the London Seapower Series Defence Conference hosted by First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Ben Key.
Ships Montly - January 2024

HAV Design contracted to design autonomous zero-emission ferries

On 1 March 2024 Norway-based HAV Design signed a contract to design and develop four newbuild, autonomous zero-emission ferries that will operate the Lavik-Oppedal...
Advertisement

Related articles

HAV Design contracted to design autonomous zero-emission ferries

On 1 March 2024 Norway-based HAV Design signed a contract to design and develop four newbuild, autonomous zero-emission...

Passengers stranded on Cruise Ship with mystery illness

The Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Dawn, on a 12-day cruise from Cape Town to Port Louis, was...

AIDA Cruises launches major fleet modernisation programme

With AIDA Evolution, AIDA Cruises has launched the largest modernisation program in its fleet. It is the most...

Damen unveils new Multi-Purpose Support Ship (MPSS)

Latest Damen design an answer to increased use of drone technology at sea to meet today’s defence and...