To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offshore patrol vessels are planned to be available to the UK Border Force for fishery protection and assistance.
7 December 2016
None. The Royal Navy's UK-based Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) are tasked to support the Marine Management Organisation (MMO, part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) for patrol and inspection of UK sea fisheries. The OPVs also deliver Defence Tasks at home and in the UK's overseas territories, including support to UK law enforcement and Government agencies, when requested.
Following the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, work is under way to consider how law enforcement might be increased in the maritime domain with the law enforcement agencies such as the Border Force, National Crime Agency and MMO, as well as the Royal Navy.