THE Royal Navy’s smallest ships, which are used to give university students a taste of life in the senior service, have been sailing round the Baltics for their summer deployment.
Four of the 16 patrol boats are flying the flag for Britain and the Royal Navy in ports, towns, islands and cities UK warships rarely visit.
HMS Pursuer, Biter, Explorer and Trumpeter which serve the University Royal Navy Units based at Glasgow, Manchester, Hull and Cambridge universities respectively, leave the UK for a couple of months each year, giving 10 students at a time an extended naval experience.
In two weeks, the quartet visited seven countries – Germany, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.
Lt Chris Chew, who is in charge of HMS Trumpeter, said: ‘Students have had plenty of time to hone their navigational skills and experience.’
The patrol boats form part of First Patrol Boat Squadron at Portsmouth.