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German Warships in Lochryan
ONLOOKERS were surprised to see military vessels flying
German flags in Lochryan last week.
But a Naval spokesman
said there was no cause for concern. The vessels are part
of a NATO exercise and reports of an
invasion are greatly exaggerated!
The ships, vessels from
a German fast patrol boat squadron, were in Lochryan last
Wednesday. They pulled in to the sheltered waters of the
loch for an overnight stop while en route to Faslane on the
The four patrol boats and two support vessels left Faslane
after a short stop and are now exercising off North-West
A Navy spokesman said:
boats are between 20- and 25-years-old, but can do 40 knots.
vessels with them are support ships which are required as
there is not a lot of space on the smaller boats to store
fresh water and supplies.
"They are over
here on a joint maritime course, which is a UK exercise,
but also involves our NATO
The squadron which pulled into
Lochryan is now operating in The Minches off the Western