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H-class Griffon 470TD Hovercraft

Specifications:
Length 7.75-metre. Speed 30-kts.
Weight 2.4-tonnes. Range -
Construction Aluminium Hull, FRC Superstructure. Endurance 3-hours.
Engines - Crew 3.

Designed around the RNLI's requirement for rescue in very shallow waters or mud especially considering the experiences learned in the Morecombe Bay tragedy in February 2004 where so many people lost their lives due to the fast incoming tide on the mud flats.

Griffon 470TD SAR Fleet Details

 
O/No. Name Year C/Sign Base
H-001 Molly Rayner. 2000 MFRC7 Relief Fleet. On station  23/12/02.
H-002 The Hurley Flyer 2002 MFQU2 Morecombe Bay. On station 23/12/02.
H-003 The Hunstanton Flyer (Civil Service No. 45). 2003 MFQP6 Hunstanton. On station 25/07/03.
H-004 Vera Ravine. 2004 MFRD4 Southend-on-Sea. On station 10/07/04
H-005 Hurley Spirit. 2004 MFQU4 New Brighton, Merseyside. On station 23/06/05.
H-006 John Russell. 2005 MJZC7 Relief Fleet, on station  08/02/05.
H-007 Samburgh. 2008 ????? Relief Fleet, , on station 30/01/09.

H-001 entered service in December 2000 while H-002 was accepted on 23/12/02 and then officially named on 31/05/03. H-003 entered service on 25/07/03, H-004 entered service 10/07/04, H-005 in 10/04 (officially named 25/06/05) while the, H-006, was officially named in a ceremony at Poole, Dorset on 20/10/05. H-007 was officially named at Poole on 29/01/09.

Molly Rayner (H-001), the first RNLI Griffon 470TD, at Poole 18/03/09 (Photo N. Rush)

H-002 Hurley Flyer (Photo Courtesy RNLI)

H-003 The Hunstanton Flyer CS No. 45 (Photo Courtesy RNLI)

Vera Ravine (H-004) seen at Old Leigh Regatta in May 2008 (Photo Courtesy RNLI/G. Sweeney)

H-005 seen 29/09/11 at Poole LMC (Photo N. Rush)

Photographed at Poole on 05/05/11 is H-006 John Russel (Photo N. Rush)

The Relief Fleet's H-007 Samburgh at its naming ceremony in Poole 29/01/09 (Photo N. Rush)

 

 
 
 
 

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