BAE Systems awarded £22m patrol boat contract

BAE Systems has been awarded £22m for the support and maintenance of the Royal Navy’s River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

Following a competitive tender process run by DE&S Commercially Supported Shipping, BAE Systems was awarded the contract for the next five years to 2018.

BAE Systems said in a statement that the Contracting for Availability (CFA) service for the River Class will provide the Royal Navy with 320 operationally available days per ship per year. This will enable the ships to remain at sea as much as possible to carry out their primary roles of fishery protection, environmental protection, search and rescue and maritime security.