Two of the 'Sandown' class minehunters, based at Faslane, were seen exercising on the Upper Firth. Above is HMS SHOREHAM, the final ship of the class which originally numbered twelve ships. Many have now been sold, and seven remain in active service, all allocated to the First Mine Countermeasures Squadron.
Also seen exercising, this time with a Royal Navy helicopter from HMS GANNET at Prestwick, was HMS RAMSAY. This view emphasises the diminutive stature of these versatile little ships, as the Mk 5 Sea King helicopter was hovering several metres astern of her at the time.