The last Aberdeen-built ship has begun a new life on the front line of the fight against Somali pirates.
Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena, which linked the remote Atlantic island to South Africa for nearly 30 years, was sold to investors on behalf of MNG Maritime.
The firm ferries armed guards and weapons to protect shipping in the Indian Ocean.
The vessel made its last 1,500-mile voyage between Cape Town and the British overseas territory in February, after the island’s long-delayed airport opened.
There had been fears the ship would be scrapped if a new owner was not found.
She was forged at the Granite City’s Hall Russell yard in 1989.