She was built by Vosper Thornycroft and launched on 12 December 1997 before being commissioned into the fleet on 6 October 1998.
Displacement is 484 tons.
She has a length of 52.5m with a 10.9m beam and 2.3m draught.
Propulsion consists of a diesel-electric drive giving a service speed of 13 knots.
Ships complement is 34 personnel.
She is also armed with 12.7mm machine guns.