Royal Navy prefers PLR-5000 for latest OPV duo


The UK Ministry of Defence has given the go ahead for BAE Systems to build two further Royal Navy ‘River Class’ offshore patrol vessels, in a move that signals good news for Vestdavit. The contract brings the total number of River Class OPVs now due delivery from Glasgow under the MOD’s ‘Batch 2’ ordering round to five, with all five to be equipped with davits from Vestdavit.

The 90.5 m length River Class vessels are not designed for combat. They will be globally deployable to operate over a range of 5,000+ nautical miles, and will be available for counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling duties, as well as for policing fishing quota agreements.

All five of the River Class OPVs will be fitted with two Vestdavit PLR-5000 davits, the high specification units designed for multiple operations that are robust enough to perform in the harshest environments, up to sea state 6. Davit systems are often referred to as the ‘primary weapon system’ of an OPV.

The compact PLR-5000 davit is built to a modular, skid mounted design for easy installation and maintenance. It can be exchanged between ships or relocated on board an individual ship, to reflect changing davit requirements.

The first River Class OPV, HMS Forth, is due delivery in 2017.