Once in Simon’s Town, home of the South African Navy, Clyde was manoeuvred into dry dock where divers made sure she lined up with large blocks on the dock floor used to support the ship once the water was pumped out.

There’s no dry dock facility in the Falklands, so there are five years’ worth of algae and marine growth to remove from the hull; it creates ‘drag’ in the water, reducing the ship’s top speed of 20kts.

Clyde will also have maintenance work carried out on her upper deck and a host of engineering systems to ensure that she is ready for operations.

The ship’s company are working side-by-side with staff from ARMSCOR, who run the dockyard, on the overhaul, but there’s also downtime to explore the Cape peninsula, including a visit to Boulders Beach and its colony of African penguins – distant relatives of the Magellanic penguins the sailors are used to seeing around the Falklands.

While Clyde is undergoing maintenance, her place is being taken around the Falklands by survey ship HMS Enterprise which, in addition to providing reassurance to the islands’ residents, is updating charts used by seafarers.