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HMS Magpie (H130)
Ship country United Kingdom
Name HMS Magpie
Operator Royal Navy
Ordered 18 August 2017
  • Safehaven Marine
  • Atlas Elektronik UK
Laid down September 2017
Commissioned 28 June 2018[1]
Homeport HMNB Devonport
Status In service

HMS Magpie is a survey ship of the Royal Navy, intended for use on inshore and coastal survey work. Magpie replaced HMS Gleaner. She was accepted by the RN in May 2018 and commissioned on 28 June 2018.[3]


HMS Magpie undergoing sea trials

In August 2017, the replacement for HMS Gleaner, the Royal Navy's existing inshore survey launch, was announced to be one of a total of 38 multi-role workboats of various sizes being constructed to undertake various duties. The main structure of the vessel was constructed by Safehaven Marine, a boatbuilding company based in Cork.[4] In February 2018, it was announced that the ship would be named HMS Magpie.[5] The type selected for the inshore survey vessel was based on Safehaven's Wildcat 60 catamaran design, the largest available at 18m in length, and with a displacement of 37 tonnes. Magpie was built to accommodate a crew of 12 for up to seven days, with the capability of operating in all weathers. Following completion and initials trials by Safehaven Marine, Magpie was subsequently delivered to Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) for installation of its mission equipment. In April 2018, Magpie underwent further trials with its mission equipment installed,[2] before final delivery of the launch to the Royal Navy in May 2018 for commissioning in early summer.[6]

As Magpie is considerably larger than the vessel she replaces, the title of smallest commissioned vessel in the Royal Navy, which had belonged to Gleaner, passed to the two Scimitar-class patrol vessels.[4] Magpie will be a significant improvement over her predecessor, both in terms of equipment – not only will she feature better on-board equipment from Gleaner, but will also have the capability of launching and recovering UUVs – and endurance.[6]

One of Magpie's first major taskings was a continuation of work done by her predecessor Gleaner in surveying Portsmouth Harbour to ensure the stability of the seabed in anticipation of Portsmouth's use by the aircraft carriers Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales.[7]


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