The original narrow Beam of “Ferocity” was increased by 2ft 6in, and the original designed Length by 4ft. Her final dimensions being: Length 90ft 8in OA, 88ft water line. Beam 22ft.
Her ‘’modern’ Bridge structure allowed for complete sealing from certain effects of Nuclear or Biological warfare, whilst retaining the ability to operate in such ‘infected’ areas.
It has recently come to light that ‘Ferocity’ was indeed commissioned for a very brief period into the Royal Navy – acceptance over a two day period from the 14th June 1967 – commissioned on the 16th June 1967 - to become a ‘Tender’ to HMS Brave Swordsman -then de-commissioned just 2 weeks later on the 28th June 1967 (Source - Geoffrey Hudson via Les Brown). She was then returned to Messrs Vosper Ltd to resume her role as a successful ‘Sales Hack’ for the export versions of the ‘Brave’ class and others that followed.
There are still rumors however, of her being used in ‘clandestine operations – manned by non-RN personnel. It remains a mystery as to what actually happened to her after her ‘commercial’ career was over. Several Vosper Gas Turbine craft were later to be disposed of privately – some to Greek and Egyptian interests (the ‘Scimitar’ class and HMS Tenacity etc) but the final fate of ‘Ferocity’ still remains a tantalizing mystery.
While not really pertinent to this intro to ”Ferocity”, the German export “Brave” (P6194 Strahl), using the same build methods developed with “Ferocity” and having proved to be decidedly cheaper to build than the original “Brave’s”, led to several of this version being built for other navies. The Danish Navy, for example, ordered two with four others being built under licence in the Royal Dockyard, Copenhagen.
Produced by ‘Pioneer’.
Subsequent to this vessels history being placed here, information has come to hand, with thanks to Richard Symonds, as follows :
I read with interest your history of the Visit MTB 'Ferocity'
and that it's eventual future is unknown.
In about 1971/72 whilst I was working for Camper and Nicholsons in
Southampton I had the privilege of working on'Ferocity' then known as
'Kaplumba' (I believe Turkish meaning'Turtle') She was purchased by a member
of the once Royal family of Hyderabad - Mir Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah
Asaf Jah VIII - who was married to a Turkish Princess' (Esra Birgin)
Ferocity had her Proteus turbines removed at pursue stage and refitted with
Armstrong Siddley Mamba turbines (4 of them) and 2 GM Diesels for cruising.
A 'Johnson' computer system was installed for turbine overheat protection
and two locally made clutch systems to connect the turbines to the prop
Trial in the Solent were semi-successful along the measured 'Mile' at
Lee-on-Solent and shows up to 60+ knots achieved.
She was taken into the Med and the last I saw of her was in Rhodes where I
flew out to do repairs and trials over to Turkey and baby to Rhodes. Prince
Jah offered me a full- time position on her, which I declined. I
subsequently left Campers and lost all contact with her.
An amazing vessel and wonderful memories, unfortunately no photographs.