ONE CAREFUL OWNER
17 February 2018
This (picture) is HMS Severn, an OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) of the Royal Navy. We filmed aboard her for ‘Seaguard’. Literally a last shout, because this was her final voyage from Newport (her affiliated home port) to Plymouth. Her last voyage because she was on her way to being decommissioned – which she now is. All a bit hard to understand – even though new OPV’s are on the way, with the new HMS Forth ready very soon Because if we are to take back charge of our own fisheries – after the years of destruction covertly triggered by Edward Heath’s Euro-zeal – we’ll need more ships, not fewer. And Severn’s C.O. and his ship’s company showed clearly how efficient they were at fishery patrol (are, to be fair, as they’ve transferred now to HMS Tyne, same class.) We went along for the ride…
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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