In early September 2017 it was time once again for the ExCel exhibition centre to be taken over for two weeks for the hosting of the biannual Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) trade show.
As is usual the event has a strong maritime element with a number of visiting warships and smaller craft that do demonstrations in the Royal Victoria Dock.
The first vessel to arrive was HMS Mersey, a Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel.
In total five Royal Navy vessels were in attendance, including HMS Argyll (F231), HMS Cattistock (M31), HMS Puncher (P291) and HMS Trumpeter (P294).
The Irish Defence Forces also sent one of their Offshore Patrol Vessels, the LE Samuel Beckett (P61).
Final vessel to attend was the the Belgian Navy’s coastal patrol vessels the BNS Pollux (P902).
Among the smaller craft on display one was the BAE Systems Marine Pacific 950 RIB that is able to operated in a manned, remotely operated or autonomous mode.
The Royal Marines also undertook a ship boarding role demonstration.
The star, for me, was the JFD SEAL Carrier which is capable of carrying up to 8 people and can operate as a high-speed surface craft or in either semi or fully submerged mode for covert surveillance or force insertion roles.
Several other RIBs also took part in the display in the dock.
All too soon the ships left the Royal Docks again and the waters returned to their normal empty stillness – until next time……