Making an rare but brief visit to the Clyde the research vessel SD NEWTON, built in 1976 by Scott's at Greenock, was seen as she rounded Cloch Point on her way to Ocean Terminal. When new, she served with the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service as an oceanographic trials and research vessel, but also had the capability to lay submarine cables. In 2001, she underwent a major refit and was then able to support amphibious troops during training, a role that she still fulfils today. Visible on board, forward, are a number of small Royal Marines craft. SD NEWTON is now likely to be superseded in this role by another new vessel from the Damen yard in Holland. Driven by a single screw, which takes its power from a diesel-electric installation, she is 98.6 metres in length.