The Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron’s first HPB-1900 high-speed patrol craft, HMS Cutlass, has successfully completed initial trials.

Announced by BMT, the trials demonstrated that the patrol boat surpassed the speed requirements and exceeded performance expectations.

BMT is working alongside Marine Specialised Technology Group (MST Group), which was awarded a £9m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence in July 2020.

BMT Specialised Ship Design business sector lead Martin Bissuel said: “We are absolutely delighted with the performance of the vessel and the latest speed trials showed the quality and reliability of the engineering behind the design.

“The craft is also a testament to the close cooperation between the teams in BMT and MST, supported by a supply chain that has managed to deliver a highly innovative design and build whilst dealing with the challenges of lockdowns and uncertainties brought by the Covid pandemic.”

The six-year contract involves the construction of two fast patrol boats, HMS Dagger and HMS Cutlass.

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The boats will replace the Gibraltar Squadron’s Archer-class fast patrol craft, HMS Pursuer and Dasher.

During trials, all the vessel’s systems and performance were tested against a Royal Navy-specified suite of requirements.

Powered by three Volvo D13 engines, HMS Cutlass features advanced technology, including integrated CGI OpenSea360 maritime mission system and situational awareness equipment.

Dagger’s delivery is expected to take place late next year or early 2023.

In September last year, BMT secured a contract to execute industry studies to enhance the design of the US Navy Auxiliary General Ocean Surveillance Ship (T-AGOS(X)).