Visitors strolling in the warm sunshine at Lossiemouth Harbour yesterday were met with a rare visitor in the form of a Royal Navy training ship.
HMS Example (P165) called into the Moray port to refuel before it continued on its latest Easter training exercise.
The Archer-class patrol vessel’s home base is at HMS Calliope in Gateshead where it is currently attached to the Northumbrian University Royal Navy unit.
HMS Example deploys throughout the summer months when the University is closed for holidays and has a crew of five supplemented by up to 12 students.
Originally built for the Royal Navy Auxiliary Service, P165 was the lead ship of the “Example Batch” that were identical to the Archer Class that was being built at the same time for the Royal Navy. Along with her sister ships the Example was transferred back to the Navy in 1994 when the Auxiliary Service was disbanded.
The 45-foot vessel was built at Shoreham and launched in 1985 making this its 30th anniversary year.