This is an exercise that happens once a year and it is an incredibly important one

Cdr Milly Ingham RN

Commanding Officer of 1PBS Cdr Milly Ingham said: “It has been a fantastic day and an excellent opportunity for all the junior officers and their ship’s companies to practice a complicated series of manouvres out on the Solent as part of their development.

“This is an exercise that happens once a year and it is an incredibly important one, not just for the excellent training it provides but also for everyone to catch up with their counterparts.”

The ships sailed out of Portsmouth harbour in the morning to practice a number of complicated sequences – at speed and in close proximity – testing the navigating skills of the commanding officers.

Lieutenant Lauren Webber, aged 26 of Weymouth, took command of HMS Puncher in March and said it was challenging, but a great experience.

“I’ve really enjoyed today, it’s good to practice the skills we have learnt and sail alongside the other P2000s,” she said.

“While it’s a small ship’s company I command, it still provides me with the skills and knowledge of leading a team in high pressure situations which is essential of then going onto the larger ships in the future.”

The Royal Navy has another four P2000's. HMS Raider and HMS Tracker make up the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron which is part of the team in Scotland who safeguard Britain’s nuclear fleet while HMS Sabre and HMS Scimitar are the Gibraltar Squadron who support ships in the Strait of Gibraltar.

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