Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Naval Display

We had a treat around five this afternoon when the navy passed up the Sound of Mull past Kilchoan, five ships all in very precise line ahead.

They were led by M37, HMS Chiddingfold, a Hunt-class mine countermeasure vessel (MCMV), followed by....

 ....M108, HMS Grimsby, a mine countermeasures vessel, and then....

 ....one of her sister ships, M106, HMS Penzance, both Sandown Class.

 The three RN ships preceded M916, Bellis, a Tripartite-class minehunter of the Belgian Navy, and....

....M862, Zierikzee, an Alkmaar class mine hunter from the Dutch navy, though she again is one of the Tripartite class of mine hunters.  These were built by a co-operation of three European countries in the 1980s: France built the mine-hunting equipment, Belgium provided the electronics, and the Netherlands constructed the propulsion.

Many thanks to Ricky Clark for drawing my attention to the parade.

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