THE next generation of rigid inflatable boat is put through its paces off Portsmouth.
The Pacific 24 Mark-4 RIBS will be used on Royal Navy ships such as the Offshore Patrol Vessels, as well as the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
The Ministry of Defence has placed a £13.5m contract for 60 of the vessels with BAE Systems.
The RIBS can travel from ship or shore at speeds of up to 38 knots (44mph) as a rapid response craft to perform fast rescue, anti-piracy and counter-narcotics missions.
The Pacific 24 Mark-4 RIB will include high-performance shock absorbing seats, which will minimise crew fatigue, allowing them to travel up to six times the distance.
A team of 19 BAE Systems employees will start work in early 2016 to build the boats over the next four years at the company’s small boats manufacturing facility at Portsmouth Naval Base.
Pictures: Phil Stanton, BAE Systems