Cadets board HMS Tracker

The Oban Times - - Districts -

SEA CADETS from TS St Christo­pher in Fort William en­joyed a visit on board HMS Tracker, the Royal Navy pa­trol boat cur­rently tour­ing Scot­tish wa­ters on a three-week good­will de­ploy­ment.

She nav­i­gated the Cale­do­nian Canal at Corpach, on her way to ne­go­ti­ate the 60-mile stretch of locks, aque­ducts and bridges that make up the world-fa­mous chan­nel. The jour­ney in­cluded Nep­tune’s Stair­case at Banavie, one of the long­est se­ries of locks in Bri­tain.

Ar­riv­ing at Loch Ness the fol­low­ing day, the ves­sel and her crew took part in a joint train­ing ex­er­cise with the Loch Ness-based Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion and a Coast­guard search and res­cue he­li­copter based in In­ver­ness.

Over the past seven days, HMS Tracker has hosted 50 chil­dren from a num­ber of youth or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the sea cadets.

Mem­bers of the ship’s com­pany showed vis­i­tors around the mod­i­fied Archer- class ves­sel, al­low­ing them to sit in the quar­ter­mas­ter’s chair and han­dle the steer­ing of the ship.

HMS Tracker de­parted In­ver­ness on Sun­day and is con­tin­u­ing her tran­sit call­ing into Lossiemouth, Wick, Orkney, Stornoway, Portree, Tober­mory and North­ern Ire­land.

HMS Tracker is one of two Royal Navy pa­trol boats which make up the Faslane Pa­trol Boat Squadron. Com­mis­sioned into the Royal Navy in 1998, she is a fully-fledged armed pa­trol boat re­spon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing high-value shipping on the Clyde.

Mem­bers of TS St Christo­pher SCC at Fort William.

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