We’re 14 weeks from passing out and to see the opportunities that are provided with the new vessels that are coming into the Fleet

Officer Cadet Jacob Gibson, BRNC Dartmouth

Magpie spent two days on the Dart before calling in on the picture postcard resort of Salcombe – her affiliated town where Mayor Nikki Turton was waiting to greet Lt Cdr William Alexander and his small ship’s company, before being given a quick tour of the 18-metre catamaran.

It’s Magpie’s task to survey the places other parts of the RN Hydrographic Squadron cannot reach thanks to her size and shallow draft.

That chiefly means updating charts of UK ports, harbours and waterways – in the final months of her life, for example, Gleaner was used extensively to survey the exit from Rosyth… allowing Britain’s biggest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to safely leave to begin her sea trials in the summer of 2017.

In addition, she acts as an extra pair of eyes in home waters for anything untoward happening.