Cadets board HMS Tracker
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.