Two engine upgrades for 
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FISHERY protection vessel HMS Severn has returned to Portsmouth after a major upgrade.

Work during the two-month refit included overhauls to her two main engines and generators as well as revamped accommodation areas.

Her two sea boats have been fully serviced and the freshwater production system on board has been updated.

She also received a fresh lick of paint.

HMS Severn’s commanding officer is Lieutenant Commander Tim Berry.

He said: ‘I am happy with the standard of work carried out and materially we are now in a good state.

‘My priority now is to get my ship’s company up to a standard that will allow us to deliver her full operational capability, something she is famous for.’

The ship will soon return to the navy’s fishery protection squadron, working at least 275 days a year at sea enforcing British and European fisheries laws alongside HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey.

The ship sends two-person teams to inspect fishing vessels, ensuring they have the correct nets, log books and 
licences.

HMS Severn and her sister vessels HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey can also be used for anything from firefighting to disaster relief 
operations.

The Fishery Protection Squadron is the oldest front line squadron in the Royal Navy, and has a small headquarters based in Portsmouth Naval Base.