The Portuguese frigate VASCO DE GAMA (F330) was built at Hamburg to the German MEKO 200 design by Blohm and Voss, and entered service with the Portuguese Navy in 1991. With a displacement of 3,200 tonnes, she is 115.9 metres in length, and has combined diesel or gas (CODOG) propulsion, giving a speed of 32 knots. Her main armament comprises 1 100 mm Mod68 CADAM polyvalent gun, 1 Phalanx CIWS 20 mm Vulcan anti-ship missile defence system, Sea Sparrow surface-to-air and Harpoon surface-to-surface missiles, and 2 triple 12.75" Mk46 torpedo tubes. She also operates 2 Super Lynx Mk.95 helicopters.
One of the numerous 'Tripartite' type of minehunter found with the Belgian, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Pakistani and Latvian Navies, the French ship ANDROMÈDE (M643) is a member of their 'Éridan' class which numbers 13 ships. In the distance, HMS BULWARK can be seen at the Tail o' the Bank.
With one of the longest names bestowed on a serving warship, the German frigate MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN (F218) dates from 1996 and is a member of the 'Brandenburg' class. Built by Bremer-Vulkan she is 4,700 tonnes and 138.9 metres long. Also propelled by CODOG machinery, she has a speed of 29 knots. Her main armament consists of 1 x 76mm gun, Exocet and Sea Sparrow missiles, and 2 twin torpedo tubes. She can carry 2 Sea Lunx helicopters.
With her British courtesy ensign showing clearly as she heads out on exercise, the Turkish frigate GEMLIK (F492) was shown lying at Garelochhead already. Of 3,700 tonnes, she is 135.5 metres in length and is driven at up to 29 knots by gas turbines. She is armed with 1 76mm gun forward, Harpoon surface-to-surface missiles, 1 20mm Phalanx CIWS, and 2 triple torpedo tubes.