British warship reflects on calm waters of Loch Fyne
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.
HMS Northumberland framed against the hills of upper Loch Fyne.
Steaming up Loch Fyne on Sunday afternoon.