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Navy patrol boats to dock in Dover

By This is Kent  |  Posted: March 23, 2010


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Royal Navy patrol boats HM Ships Raider and Tracker will sail into Dover today.

The two 54-tonne, P2000 Fast Patrol Craft are University Royal Naval Unit ships and will dock at Dover Marina during the visit which marks the start of their Easter deployment. On Thursday the ships will head out east as far as Antwerp, and then west to the Channel Islands.

Chairman of Dover District Council Bernard Butcher, and town councillor Veronica Philpott will be joined by Combined Cadet Force students from the Duke of York's Military School and pupils from Maidstone for a day on board the two ships tomorrow.

HMS Tracker, the Oxford University ship, has been affiliated to Dover since she was commissioned in 1998. She is accompanied by sister ship HMS Raider, which is affiliated to Harwich and is Cambridge University's ship.

The 14-strong P2000 class of University Royal Naval Unit (URNU) ships allows students around the UK to get an opportunity for sea training.

Lieutenant Conor O'Neill, Commanding Officer of HMS Tracker, said: "It is always a pleasure to be able to visit our affiliated town and I am very much looking forward to hosting all our visitors.

"We are also grateful to the HMS Raider's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Adam Riddett, and his ship's company for their support to our affiliation programme whilst in Dover."

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