Bri­tish war­ship re­flects on calm wa­ters of Loch Fyne

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Pic­tured as the sun was ris­ing over Loch Fyne ear­lier this week was HMS Northum­ber­land, a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate.

Sit­ting off In­ver­aray close to the Ad­mi­ralty buoy, the ship, framed against the peace­ful hills of Glenk­in­glas, formed a dra­matic and some­what in­con­gru­ous scene.

Since en­ter­ing ser­vice in 1994, HMS Northum­ber­land has been de­ployed on counter-piracy, dis­as­ter re­lief, drug en­force­ment and mar­itime se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions, but the ship is a po­tent mil­i­tary re­source – fit­ted with ad­vanced sonar equip­ment de­signed to hunt down sub­marines.

Up­per Loch Fyne is home to acous­tic test­ing fa­cil­i­ties used reg­u­larly by the Royal Navy.

HMS Northum­ber­land, a sis­ter ship to HMS Ar­gyll, is based at Devon­port and is the eighth Royal Navy ship to bear the Northum­ber­land name since the first 70-gun frigate in 1679.

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HMS Northum­ber­land framed against the hills of up­per Loch Fyne.

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Steam­ing up Loch Fyne on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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