17 Jun '16, 1pm

Forth Majeure as Royal Navy patrol boats show off beneath iconic bridge

Operating seven boats together in such close proximity was always likely to be challenging but the commanding officers and ship’s companies proved more than equal to the task Lt Ben Dorrington Led by HMS Dasher – normally assigned to Bristol Universities – seven of the eight 21-metre-long boats streaked up the river estuary in formation. HMS Archer, Biter, Blazer, Explorer, Express and Trumpeter all lined up behind Dasher (boat eight, HMS Ranger, remained in Leith). “Normally it would be very difficult to get eight of the squadron’s craft together on this scale without unduly affecting individual programmes,” said Lt Ben Dorrington, HMS Dasher’s Commanding Officer. “Due to our support for the Battle of Jutland commemorations in Orkney we had a rare opportunity to exercise together and were determined to make the most of it.” The boats carried out various combined manoeuvre...

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