Warship reflects on calm Loch Fyne waters

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Pictured as the sun was rising over Loch Fyne earlier was HMS Northumberland, a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate.

Sitting off Inveraray close to the Admiralty bouy the ship, framed against the peaceful hills of Glenkinglas, formed a dramatic and somewhat incongruous scene.

Since entering service in 1994, HMS Northumberland has been deployed on counter-piracy, disaster relief, drug enforcement and maritime security operations, but the ship is a potent military resource – fitted with advanced sonar equipment designed to hunt down submarines.

Upper Loch Fyne is home to acoustic testing facilities used regularly by the Royal Navy.

HMS Northumberland, a sister ship to HMS Argyll, is based at Devonport and is the eighth Royal Navy ship to bear the Northumberland name since the first 70-gun frigate in 1679.

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HMS Northumberland framed against the hills of upper Loch Fyne. 06_a27HMSNorthumberland02

Steaming up Loch Fyne on Sunday afternoon. 06_a27HMSNorthumberland01 [Secondary pic]