Thursday, 30 December 2010


Rounding off the year on the Clyde, this view shows AASVIK again, with yet another Norwegian flagged ship, SKOG, also lying at the 'Bravo' anchorage while she waited for orders to proceed to Rotterdam. 2010 has been an interesting year on the river, with what may well be the final dynamic launch having taken place at Govan when DUNCAN entered the water in October. It has also seen the likely departure of some well known names from the Royal Navy, with Defence cuts reducing numbers of ships, starting with the decommissioning of HMS ARK ROYAL, amongst others, although new ships are slowly taking their place under the White Ensign - DAUNTLESS and ASTUTE being just two. The year has also witnessed the departure of the eight large container ships laid up on the Clyde, all except one now having returned to commercial service.