Saturday, 20 July 2013

EXPLORER Reaches Klaipėda – the University Unit Fast Patrol Vessel EXPLORER has reached the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda on the latest stage of the two month summer deployment to the Baltic.  Even here there are “British” war dead ton honour from the Great War in a distant cemetery.

The Latvian Navy of course were the buyers in 2006 of the Hunt Class Minecountermeasure Vessels  COTTESMORE and DULVERTON.    Following an extensive Thales UK-led refurbishment and reactivation programme, the Lithuanian Navy has formally accepted and commissioned two former Royal Navy minehunters into its fleet as the LNS SKALVIS and LNS KURSIS.

The EXPLORER is now on the homeward leg of her Baltic Horizon deployment and will visit ports in Poland, Germany and the Netherlands before crossing the North Sea to provide guard ship duties at Sunderland Air Show in last weekend in July.

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