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MST delivers HMS Dagger to Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron

Posted 1 April 2022 · Add Comment

Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron have taken delivery of their second new £5 million patrol boat - HMS Dagger - from Marine Specialised Technology (MST).

Above: HMS Dagger has been handed over to the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron.
Courtesy Royal Navy

HMS Dagger joins HMS Cutlass for their role of ‘guardians of the Rock’, replacing HMS Sabre and Scimitar, which operated in Gibraltar’s waters for nearly two decades.

Delivered by Merseyside based Marine Specialised Technology (MST), Dagger and Cutlass will be based in HM Naval Base Gibraltar and used to patrol British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, support British exercises and operations in the area and will keep close watch over Gibraltar’s shores.

Dagger must first undergo a rigorous set of sea trials and safety checks until she can fly a White Ensign. These trials are due to be complete in mid-2022.

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Simon Holden said: “The arrival of HMS Dagger to the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron is the culmination of many months of hard work by our commercial partners, Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy.

“This is an incredibly proud moment for everyone involved in the project and as her first Commanding Officer I am looking forward to putting HMS Dagger through her paces and getting her operational as soon as possible.

“She is now going to conduct several sea trials prior to raising the White Ensign in mid-2022.”

Sabre and Scimitar returned to the UK in the summer of 2020, since when HMS Dasher and Pursuer acted as the principal Royal Navy presence around Gib, joining the squadron’s Pacific 24 RIBs on patrols.  Cutlass was handed over last year for trials ahead of being declared fully operational this spring.

The role of Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron is to conduct maritime operations in order to provide security in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, to reassure the Gibraltarians and demonstrate UK sovereignty of Gibraltar.

They also provide force protection to visiting warships, submarines and auxiliary units alongside their civilian counterparts in the Gibraltar Defence Police force. They perform this duty 365 days a year.


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