Aspiring sailors given sea trials by Royal Navy in Belfast Lough
Two Royal Navy patrol vessels paid a visit to Northern Ireland yesterday to give some young sailors a taste of life at sea.
HMS Biter and HMS Charger sailed into Belfast Lough to welcome on board a number of young people considering a career in the force.
The vessels currently serve the University Royal Navy Units based at Manchester and Liverpool universities.
HMS Biter Commanding Officer Nathan Davis said that while there is currently no patrol boat affiliated to a university in Northern Ireland, there are plans to remedy the situation.
The officer described the primary role of the boats as Royal Navy training vessels.
He added that they are also used to provide Royal Marines with coastal training and helping the Coastguard in search and rescue operations.