30 Aug 2019

HMS Forth makes inaugural visit to Edinburgh to support the Royal Navy Military Tattoo

The HMS Forth visited the river that shares its name for a nine-day visit during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo to support the Royal Navy.

The HMS Forth will spend nine days on the Forth during this year’s Royal Navy Edinburgh Military Tattoo to reinforce local ties and accept visitors on board. The ship was built by BAE Systems on the Clyde and is affiliated with the city of Stirling.

The ship will accept visitors from HMS Scotia, visitors from Glasgow Science Centre, Edinburgh Sea Cadets, and military tattoo guests. The ship’s crew of 60 will have a chance to explore the city and meet with guests onboard.

Commanding Officer of the HMS Forth, Commander Robert Laverty, said: “Since HMS Forth came into service last year we have been hard at work putting her through her paces during sea trials both in home waters and in the Mediterranean. She is an extremely capable vessel and I am really proud of the crew’s achievement in getting her ready for operations.”

The ship entered service last year as an offshore patrol vessel and is due to replace the HMS Clyde later this year as the Falkland Patrol vessel in the South Atlantic. The ship will patrol the island and make visits to inhabitants.

During the Edinburgh visit, HMS Forth personnel will visit the City Chambers and call on The Lord Provost. Recently, the ship debuted in Gibraltar and has patrolled the English channel as well as successfully completing tough training exercises off the west coast of Scotland earlier this year to be declared fit for deployment.

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