Navy patrol ships to stay in service

HMS Tyne, Severn and Mersey Credit: Royal Navy

The future of three of the Royal Navy's Portsmouth-based patrol vessels has been secured for the next 10 years after the MoD bought them outright from BAE Systems. HMS Tyne, Severn and Mersey each spend around 300 days a year patrolling UK waters. The MoD signed a £39m contract.