This was my first time on board a P2000 vessel at sea and I have been impressed with how a small ship's company work well together

Warrant Officer Welsh

Also on board, experiencing life on the surface, was Warrant Officer Welsh - a Royal Navy submariner with almost 30 years of service.

"This was my first time on board a P2000 vessel at sea and I have been impressed with how a small ship's company work well together and are prepared to react to any situation," said Warrant Officer Welsh.

"Usually I spend my time below decks, but I have really enjoyed the last few days being able to see the Scottish coast.

"The Gulf of Corryvreckan was a particular highlight, but unfortunately we were not able to see "the Hag" whirlpool as we went through the Gulf between the islands of Scarba and Jura."

Over the next few days HMS Tracker will continue her transit north towards and through the Caledonian Canal embarking people from the local communities at various stages throughout the route.

During the three weeks the ship will visit Fort Augustus, Inverness, Lossiemouth, Wick, Orkney, Stornoway, Portree and Tobermory.

An armed patrol boat, HMS Tracker is fitted with Kevlar armour and able to operate three 7,62mm General Purpose Machine Guns. Along with her sister-ship, HMS Raider, Tracker provides force protection for high value shipping on the Clyde.

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