UK: HMS Mersey Gets New Commander

first_img June 7, 2012 View post tag: HMS Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Mersey Gets New Commander View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: UK View post tag: New View post tag: Navy View post tag: Mersey View post tag: Commander Training & Education View post tag: gets Portsmouth based Fishery Protection Vessel HMS Mersey closed one chapter and opened another today when Lieutenant Commander Sarah Oakley took over from Lieutenant Commander Mark Anderson as Mersey’s Commanding Officer.Lieutenant Commander Oakley joined the Royal Navy in 1995 after reading a degree in Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford. After initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Sarah’s first complement appointment was to HMS Alderney as the Gunnery Officer and British Seas Fisheries Officer.Further seagoing appointments followed as Officer of the Watch 1 in HMS Kent and Navigating Officer in HMS Norfolk before Principal Warfare Officer Training.Upon qualification Lieutenant Commander Oakley returned to sea as the Above Water Warfare specialist and later as the Operations Officer in HMS Chatham, serving on OP Telic in the Gulf.Lieutenant Commander Oakley has since returned to the Gulf both as Operations Officer of the Combined Task Group Iraqi Maritime and, most recently, to Bahrain as part of the Combined Task Force 150, responsible for Counter Terrorism.Of taking command of HMS Mersey, Lieutenant Commander Oakley said“I am delighted and extremely proud to take command of HMS Mersey. “I have been looking forward to this moment throughout my career as a warfare officer and I am determined to lead my ship to the best of my ability.”Lieutenant Commander Oakley assumes command at the start of an extremely busy period as Mersey is beginning a month of Operational Sea Training.Based in Scottish waters and operating out of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, the ship will undergo a rigorous training programme designed to test the ship’s capabilities across the wide spectrum of activities the ship could be expected to perform during any of her routine patrols in British waters.This will include firefighting, damage control and search and rescue tasks as well as a thorough assessment of the ship’s navigation capabilities.HMS Mersey is one of the three ships which make up the RN’s Fishery Protection Squadron, enforcing on a daily basis UK and EU fisheries legislation in order to ensure the long term sustainability of the UK fishing grounds.The three UK based Ships are the only Government Vessels (excluding the Nuclear Deterrent) on permanent patrol around the UK, contributing to the policing of UK waters and delivering an intrinsic element of the UK’s Maritime Security.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 7, 2012; Image: Royal Navy UK: HMS Mersey Gets New Commander Share this articlelast_img read more

Jungly Sea Kings Join FS Charles de Gaulle amid Anglo-French Exercise

first_img View post tag: Anglo-French View post tag: Kings Training & Education November 2, 2012 View post tag: sea View post tag: de View post tag: Naval View post tag: Gaulle View post tag: News by topic View post tag: FS Jungly Sea Kings Join FS Charles de Gaulle amid Anglo-French Exercise View post tag: Charles View post tag: Navy View post tag: join Back to overview,Home naval-today Jungly Sea Kings Join FS Charles de Gaulle amid Anglo-French Exercise View post tag: Jungly View post tag: Exercise Jungly Sea Kings of the Commando Helicopter Force were given a glimpse of traditional style aircraft carrier operations when they joined France’s flagship.The green helicopters, used to carry Royal Marines and their kit into battle, flew on to FS Charles de Gaulle in the Med in the middle of a major Anglo-French exercise.The two joined forces as Britain’s Response Force Task Group linked up with the Charles de Gaulle battlegroup in the Med for Corsican Lion.The two-week exercise drew to a close at the weekend watched by the defence secretaries of Britain and France; before they visited British and French marines and their kit had been put ashore on Corsica’s east shore – renamed the fictional Barbary Coast for the exercise.The amphibious ships in the Anglo-French task force (HMS Bulwark, Illustrious, RFA Mounts Bay, FS Mistral) delivered the troops and kit to their destination by landing craft and Jungly helicopters, with the de Gaulle providing fast jet air power courtesy of her Super Étendards and Rafales.As part of all that interopérabilité, some of the CHF Sea Kings dropped in on the French porte-avions.“It’s an awesome-sized ship – it’s like a small airfield at sea.“Flying on to her between the waves of fixed wing taking off and landing is pretty tight, an insight into our future carrier operations,” said Sea King pilot Lt Will Orme, the first Junglie to land on France’s flagship.Although the main training objective was to prove that the two countries could work side-by-side, it also offered the chance to integrate each others equipment and communications as Britain and France look to forge a Combined Joint Expeditionary Force, ready to respond to global events at short notice, by the middle of the decade.“Trooping drills with the French Marines are the same as with our Royal Marines,” said Cpl Mark Haffenden RM, a Junglie aircrewman.“They have some different ways of operating and everyone is interested in their kit. We’ve flew around the exercise area and they have the same tactics as 3 Commando Brigade.”The Junglies were based on Illustrious for Corsican Lion and joined Lusty in Toulon harbour once the exercise ended.The Anglo-French training was the first major ‘set piece’ event of Cougar 12, the annual deployment of the Response Force Task Group which is the RN’s short-notice force ready to act on the world stage if required – as it did 12 months ago off Libya.Next up for the group is rare training with the Albanian armed forces on the east shore of the Adriatic, Exercise Albanian Lion.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 2, 2012; Image: Royal Navy Share this articlelast_img read more