Royal Navy’s OPV under construction

HMS Trent due to join feet in 2017.

Royal Navy begins work on third offshore patrol vessel

The U.K. Royal Navy announced Wednesday construction has begun on its third and final Royal Navy offshore patrol vessel.

The first piece of the hull was cut by a computer-guided laser, the Minister of the State for Defense Procurement said. Defense Minister Philip Dunne was on site to observe the progress for the first and second OPV, and praised the program for adding 800 Scottish jobs.

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