Thursday, 7 October 2010


One of two offshore patrol boats being built by BAE Systems on the Clyde for the government of Trinidad and Tobago sailed from Scotstoun following completion, and was seen passing McInroy's Point as she made her way south to the company's yard at Portsmouth. SCARBOROUGH, named after Tobago's capital, was launched in November 2009 and recently completed sea trials on the Clyde, attaining speeds in excess of 25 knots. Based on the successful 'River' class patrol boats in service with the Royal Navy, three ships were ordered by the Trinidad and Tobago Government from BAE at Portsmouth, two of the orders later being transferred to Scotstoun. SCARBOROUGH faces an uncertain future, however, as the Government that ordered her has now decided that they no longer wish to take delivery, and so she may end up in extended lay-up on arrival at Portsmouth.