HMS LANCASTER COMPLETES VISIT TO ANGUILLA

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By anguillian July 12, 2013 08:53

HMS LANCASTER COMPLETES VISIT TO ANGUILLA

 

The Royal Navy’s type 23 Frigate, HMS Lancaster, has left the island of Anguilla after a successful visit to the British Overseas Territory. Anguilla was the fifth Territory visited as part of her six-month deployment and Lancaster is now in a smooth routine of interaction and co-operation with local officials, and is effectively displaying her capability in every port she visits.  As with previous visits the aim was to provide reassurance and security to the Islands at the start of the core hurricane season. Contingency plans have been discussed with the local services and authorities, meaning that if Lancaster has to return to the island she can respond quickly and effectively, providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.  As Tropical Storm Chantal approaches the Caribbean, the visit took on a more poignant feel.HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said: “It was a great honour to visit Anguilla and continue the long relationship the Royal Navy has had with the island.  “We were made to feel very welcome by everyone on Anguilla and I am delighted we had the opportunity to work with the emergency services to share knowledge and also better understand how we could assist the islanders in the event of a hurricane or any other emergency.”During Lancaster’s stay the ship’s company hosted the Governor as well as local dignitaries, officials for a Reception and Capability Demonstration; the evening ended with the Royal Navy’s traditional ceremonial sunset accompanied by Lancaster’s very own bagpipes. Lancaster’s Lynx helicopter was utilised by the local Police force during the visit to conduct an aerial patrol of the island. The patrol proved successful with a total of three potential cannabis fields identified. During the stay a team of Lancaster’s sailors took the opportunity to provide football training to the local children of the island. Lancaster’s PTI, LPT Ian ‘Robbo’ Robinson, took two sailors from the ship’s football team to provide a grass roots training session. The golf society played a friendly match with local residents on a Greg Norman designed course.Lancaster leaves Anguilla knowing she is better prepared to conduct disaster relief and counter narcotic operations whilst she is in the region; also the people of the islands are now more aware of her presence and what she has to offer. In addition the visit provided the sailors with an excellent opportunity relax on the islands wonderful beaches as well as explore the crystal clear waters.- Press Release (Published without editing by The Anguillian newspaper.)

Anguilla/Lancaster Teams at play

The Royal Navy’s type 23 Frigate, HMS Lancaster, has left the island of Anguilla after a successful visit to the British Overseas Territory. Anguilla was the fifth Territory visited as part of her six-month deployment and Lancaster is now in a smooth routine of interaction and co-operation with local officials, and is effectively displaying her capability in every port she visits.

As with previous visits the aim was to provide reassurance and security to the Islands at the start of the core hurricane season. Contingency plans have been discussed with the local services and authorities, meaning that if Lancaster has to return to the island she can respond quickly and effectively, providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief. As Tropical Storm Chantal approaches the Caribbean, the visit took on a more poignant feel.

HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said: “It was a great honour to visit Anguilla and continue the long relationship the Royal Navy has had with the island.

“We were made to feel very welcome by everyone on Anguilla and I am delighted we had the opportunity to work with the emergency services to share knowledge and also better understand how we could assist the islanders in the event of a hurricane or any other emergency.”

During Lancaster’s stay the ship’s company hosted the Governor as well as local dignitaries, officials for a Reception and Capability Demonstration; the evening ended with the Royal Navy’s traditional ceremonial sunset accompanied by Lancaster’s very own bagpipes.
Lancaster’s Lynx helicopter was utilised by the local Police force during the visit to conduct an aerial patrol of the island. The patrol proved successful with a total of three potential cannabis fields identified.

During the stay a team of Lancaster’s sailors took the opportunity to provide football training to the local children of the island. Lancaster’s PTI, LPT Ian ‘Robbo’ Robinson, took two sailors from the ship’s football team to provide a grass roots training session. The golf society played a friendly match with local residents on a Greg Norman designed course.

Lancaster leaves Anguilla knowing she is better prepared to conduct disaster relief and counter narcotic operations whilst she is in the region; also the people of the islands are now more aware of her presence and what she has to offer. In addition the visit provided the sailors with an excellent opportunity relax on the islands wonderful beaches as well as explore the crystal clear waters.

– Press Release

(Published without editing by The Anguillian newspaper.)

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