Mystery at Navy warship stationed off the East Yorkshire coast

Amazing pictures have shown a Royal Navy warship anchored off the East Yorkshire coast. The vessel has been visible from seaside towns and villages including Hornsea for several days, leading some to question what it is doing seemingly stationary in the North Sea. HMS Severn is an offshore patrol vessel, according to the Ministry of Defence, who operate it from its home port of Portsmouth.

It is one of three Navy ships patrolling UK waters on an almost daily basis, although they are not always visible from the shore. HMS Severn is usually used to escort visiting warships through UK waters or to inspect fishing vessels, along with its two sister ships.

HMS Severn has been off Hornsea for several days

“The 3 River-class offshore patrol vessels patrol the UK EEZ, routinely operating hundreds of miles off the UK coast,” details shared by the MoD reveal. “Their primary role is to deliver maritime security, encompassing fishery protection and Marine Management tasks on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation, as well as a wide range of operations to ensure the security, integrity, and safety of UK waters.”

The 80-metre ship is also used to train Royal Navy navigators.

Unusually, HMS Severn was recommissioned in June, having been decommissioned three years earlier, to enforce UK waters during and following Brexit.

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