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HMC Eagle
Career (Cayman Islands)
Name: Iain
Owner: BP
Ordered: March 2004
  • Holyhead Marine, Holyhead
  • Delta ARRC Ltd, Stockport[1]
Laid down: 7 March 2005
In service: 4 July 2006
Out of service: 2016
  • IMO number: 9335575[2]
  • Call sign: ZCPH5[2]
  • Maritime Mobile Service Identity number: 319390000[2]
Status: Sold to UK Border Force[3]
Career (United Kingdom)
Owner: UK Border Force
Acquired: June 2016
Renamed: Eagle[3]
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Coastal Patrol Vessel
Length: 17.75 m (58.2 ft)
Beam: 5.63 m (18.5 ft)[4]
Draught: 0.9 m (3.0 ft)
Installed power: 1,288 kW (1,727 hp)[4]
  • Two Caterpillar C18 main engines[1]
  • Two reduction gearboxes
  • Two waterjets
  • 34 kn (63 km/h)[1] in full planing mode
  • 24 kn (44 km/h)[1] up to 7m wave height
  • Range: 150 nmi (280 km)

    HMC Eagle is a Border Force coastal patrol vessel of the United Kingdom, formerly Iain, an Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft operated by BP.[5] She was originally built by Holyhead Marine, Holyhead and Delta Marine, Stockport and was operated by BP as a rescue boat aboard larger offshore support vessels. Iain was acquired by the UK Border Force in June 2016 and renamed HMC Eagle.


    Eagle is one of eight coastal patrol vessels of the UK Border Force.[6] Built in 2006 Eagle was originally named Iain and served as an Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft in the North Sea for offshore projects. Iain was operated as a daughter craft from a larger offshore support vessel and launched when needed via a davit. The design includes a deep-vee hull design constructed from fibre-reinforced plastic.[1] The design is also self-righting and can return to the upright position if capsized.[1]

    After service with BP from 2006 to 2016, Iain was sold to the UK Border Force[3] for use as a coastal patrol vessel. The vessel was renamed Eagle and entered service in June 2016.


    Eagle is fitted with twin Caterpillar C18 engines[1] driving twin water jets[1] through a pair of reduction gearboxes.[1] The total installed power of 1,288 kW (1,727 hp)[4] gives Eagle a top speed of 34 knots (63 km/h)[4] in calm seas, or up to 24 knots (44 km/h) in seas with up to 7 metres significant wave height.[1]


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