Royal Navy ship HMS Severn 'electrical issue' at Portsmouth Naval Base sparks Hampshire firefighters call out

FIRE crews were called to HMS Severn at Portsmouth Naval Base as a ‘precaution’ following an electrical issue, the navy has said.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 6:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 6:59 pm

Firefighters were at the Royal Navy base this afternoon to help with the ‘electrical issue’ involving the River-class offshore patrol vessel.

A navy spokesman said fire crews were ‘called as precaution’ with ‘no fire, no injuries’.

Severn was recommissioned in June last year after almost three years out of the fleet.

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Photographed on September 8, 2020, HMS Severn sailed past HMS Mersey whilst both ships were on patrol in the North Sea. Both ships came together briefly to say hello and pay their respects before quickly parting ways to continue with their respective taskings.

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Then Commander Philip Harper took his 1,700-tonne warship and crew through a three-week programme readying her for service.

‘‘This is the first time in living memory that the Royal Navy has re-commissioned a ship, and it’s been a challenge,’ he said in June.

‘We’ve achieved all of this during a global pandemic.’

Fire crews completing training on HMS Severn last year. Picture: Royal Navy

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