Navy Board takes to sea in fleet’s smallest ships

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LONDON, -- Top brass responsible for the running of the Royal Navy squeezed into two of the smallest vessels in the fleet for a rare day at sea.

The Portsmouth-based First Patrol Boat Squadron showed off their skills while transporting the entire Navy Board to a conference on the Isle of Wight.

The voyage, from Portsmouth to Cowes, saw eight Admirals, two Commodores, a Royal Marine General, and several support staff make their journey in the two 20-metre ships.

Commander Pincher Martin, commander of the FPB squadron, said: ‘This is a significant day for the squadron. Not only is it a privilege to host the Navy Board, it also gave them the chance to meet our junior commanding officers.’

The Navy Board meets seven times a year. Its primary responsibilty is to ensure the navy is fit to fight and deliver the military capability required to defend the UK.

Cdr Martin shared his excitement at the board’s opportunity to travel on the smaller ships HMS Ranger and HMS Smiter, and to update them on the squadrons operational activities.

He added: ‘A lot of the time our ships are unseen. We are not in the public eye like our frigates and destroyers. This has been a good opportunity to show off our contribution to the board at sea.’

HMS Ranger is an Archer-class patrol and training vessel of the British Royal Navy, based in HMNB Portsmouth.

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