I have an elderly friend was was an officer on MTB 781 - he's in the picture at this link :- HM MTB 781 at commissioning He's just emailed me :- I have been having second thoughts about the photo of MTB 781! It says it is the commissioning, but when did the Royal Navy ever commission a warship without any guns? It mystified me all along. And of course the answer is that this is not the commissioning at Grimsby but the DE-commissioning at Great Yarmouth in 1945 where all the armament has been removed and just prior to sailing off to the graveyard with a skeleton crew. I shed a tear! Your thoughts on his question, as ever, much appreciated.