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Operation Lifespan

Unit/ Formation: Landing Craft Units Location: Loch Neagh Period/ Conflict: Northern Ireland Conflict Year: 1993 - 2002

Operation Lifespan on Loch Neagh

Grey Wolf Reversing into the Dock on 6 Mile Water

Since 1993 Royal Marine vessels LPV (Lough Patrol Vessel) Grey Wolf and Grey Fox were deployed conducting Maritime Counter Terrorism, Surveillance, Intelligence and Anti Smuggling operations on Lough Neagh and inshore waterways in Northern Ireland.

Both vessels were based in there own special dock at Massereene barracks with access to 6 Mile Water in Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland where she was commanded and manned by a crew of 7 Royal Marines and 2 Royal Navy personnel.

The crew included a 4 man team of Royal Marines to conduct boarding and ground operations the vessels would normally tow a 22ft Arctic RIB used to deploy this team.

Grey Wolf at speed on Patrol on Lough Neagh

Displacement:24 tonnes (24 long tons)

Length:16 m (52 ft 6 in)

Beam:3.1 m (10 ft 2 in)

Draught:1.2 m (3 ft 11 in)

Propulsion:2 × MAN 2480LXE diesels, 2 shafts, 1 x Joystick controlled loiter drive

Speed:32 knots (37 mph; 59 km/h)

Range:260 nmi (480 km) at 19 kn (35 km/h)

Sensors and processing systems:Radar, Mast mounted Thermal Imaging Camera

Armament:2 × General purpose machine guns (stern-mounted)


LC1 Sgt - Coxswain and Patrol/ Multiple Commander

LC2 Cpl - Second Coxswain / Patrol 2i/c

LC 3 Mne - Crewman/ RIB Coxswain

L/Cpl GD - Ground Team Commander

3 x Mne - Ground Team

LMEM RN - Engineer

Communicator RN - Radio Communications

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