First of the NATO ships arrives in Cardiff under tight security

Under a blanket of police security and the watchful eyes of the crews of the two escorting RN P2000 craft, HMS Biter and HMS Express, the Latvian Navy's Tripartite-class minehunter Viesturs, sailed into Cardiff Docks.

The first of six warships, she will be joined over the next two days by ships from the UK (HMS Duncan - Type 45 Destroyer), France (La Motte-Picquet - Anti Submarine Frigate), Norway (HNoMS SKUDD - Corvette), Germany (LKL Kursis - Minehunter) the Netherlands (HNLMS URK - Minesweeper) to form the maritime backdrop to the Cardiff NATO Summit.

The first of six warships, she will be joined over the next two days by ships from the UK.

The Tripartite-class minehunter, conceived in the 1970s and built in the 1980s, was a joint venture of the French, Belgian  and Netherlands navies.

The French built the minehunting equipment, the Belgians provided the electronics and the Netherlands constructed the propulsion system.