A Royal Navy ship is mapping Jersey's seabed to update the charts leading into St Helier's marina.
HMS Gleaner arrived in June and will be here until the middle of September.
The main routes she is surveying are used by the Royal Navy for conducting high speed navigation training.
HMS Gleaner’s work will only cover a small proportion of the entire Jersey territorial sea but that work is being carried out with sophisticated multi-beam equipment and analytical software.
It will be the first time such a thorough and relatively extensive survey has taken place in many years.
The data will lead to updated charts being produced by the UK Hydrographic Office in Taunton, for purchase by the public.
WhitestElephant wrote:I wonder what will replace her?
RetroSicotte wrote:Irish design it looks like?
Not a single British place could provide a small boat?
The Royal Navy’s newest vessel HMS Magpie has been in action already undergoing rough weather sea trials in the Irish Sea less than a month after being launched.
HMS Magpie is the newest addition to the RN’s hydrographic squadron, replacing veteran survey launch Gleaner which paid off earlier this year in Plymouth after 35 years’ under the White Ensign in HM Naval Base Devonport.
Lieutenant Commander William Alexander, Magpie’s new commanding officer and Gleaner’s last, said, “Magpie will help lead the way in modernising the Royal Navy’s survey and underwater surveillance capabilities.
“Her primary role will be in maintaining the integrity of coastal waters, ensuring safety of navigation and resilience of key national infrastructure in UK ports. And with an enduring presence around the UK, she will also contribute to national security at sea.”
Cork shipbuilder Safehaven has delivered a replacement, an 18-metre catamaran based on the firm’s Wildcat 60 craft. Magpie is due to be formally handed over to the RN next month and be ceremonially commissioned into the Navy early in the summer. She will then join the rest of the hydrographic squadron in Devonport.
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