HMS Biter to visit King's Lynn & will be open to the public
- By Elaine Bird
- 27 February 2020
- King’s Lynn
HMS BITER, a Royal Navy P2000 class fast patrol boat, will be visiting King’s Lynn on 6-9 March 2020.
The ship will be visiting to conduct a routine visit whilst on transit up the east coast of the UK. The 20m-long vessel is one of fourteen units of the same type that make up the Royal Navy’s First Patrol Boat Squadron. The squadron conducts a wide-range of activities throughout the UK and northern Europe, promoting UK interests abroad and conducting navigation training for Royal Navy navigators and embarked University Royal Navy Unit students wherever they go.
During her visit she will welcome members of TS Vancouver, King’s Lynn own Sea Cadet unit, onboard for a tour and to discuss life onboard before being open to the general public in the afternoon on Saturday 7th March.
HMS BITER’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Matthew Smith said: “I’m delighted to be able to come into King’s Lynn, a town with an extensive and rich maritime heritage spanning nearly 1000 years. This is the first visit by the Royal Navy to King’s Lynn in several years and so my ship’s company and I are looking forward to showing the public onboard and giving people a small taste of life in the 21st Century Royal Navy”.
HMS BITER will be berthed on the town pontoon opposite Marriott’s Warehouse and will be open to the public 1-4pm Saturday 7th March. Access to the ship will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the design of the vessel access may not be available to those with limited mobility. There is no age restriction and visitors may have to queue for a short period to allow for space onboard.