The Oban Times - - Dis­tricts -

FASLANE pa­trol boat HMS Tracker con­tin­ued her journey around Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land in the fi­nal stages of her de­ploy­ment.

HMS Tracker left Stornoway on Sun­day May 28 and com­pleted a tran­sit south call­ing into Portree, Kyle of Lochalsh, Tober­mory, Craobh and ar­rived in Port Rush in North­ern Ire­land on Thurs­day June 1.

While in Stor­n­away the crew took part in a train­ing ex­er­cise with the Search and Res­cue ( SAR) he­li­copter be­fore mov­ing on to Tober­mory to take part in sea train­ing with the RNLI.

The sea train­ing in­volved the mod­i­fied P200 Archer class pa­trol ves­sel team­ing up with the all-weather lifeboat El­iz­a­beth Fair­lie Ram­sey. The two crews spent the day trans­fer­ring per­son­nel from boat to boat al­low­ing the RNLI team to sim­u­late try­ing to get on and off ves­sels in need.

Once the crews had per­fected the abil­ity to move be­tween the two ves­sels, they took part in a num­ber of ca­su­alty han­dling ex­er­cises, which in­volved the trans­fer of ca­su­al­ties on stretch­ers from one boat to an­other.

The teams fin­ished off by tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to pass tow­ing equip­ment to com­plete a very suc­cess­ful day’s train­ing.

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