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RAF and Army learn of the Clyde-oscope of life for the RN in the Falklands

More than 60 soldiers and airmen were given an insight into the work of the RN safeguarding the Falklands and reassuring islanders, especially those in the remotest settlements of this already-distant outpost of the UK.

The visitors were treated to typical wintry weather – squalls, snow flurries, plenty of wind – as the River-class vessel first performed a series of evasive manoeuvres and practised man overboard drills with the aid of the new civilian AW189 Search and Rescue helicopter; its recently assumed duties from the yellow RAF Sea Kings which were stationed here for decades..

Other activities of the day included a fire fighting demonstration and a chance to try their hand at damage control – block and tackle fashion.

“Seeing bundles of wood all over the ship I was relatively sceptical of their ability to stop a leak, however after getting very wet and going through the drills to prevent such a problem it was evident that sometimes the old ways are the best ways,” said a now-enlightened RAF Flt Lt Ewen McCallum.

Allowing people to come to see what the ship and her crew are made of has really given us a chance to show pride in our abilities and the Naval Service as a whole.

Lt Cdr Steve Banfield

Away from the action stances, the soldiers and fliers were given a comprehensive tour of the patrol ship, guided by the 40 crew who shared their experiences.

“Allowing people to come to see what the ship and her crew are made of has really given us a chance to show pride in our abilities and the Naval Service as a whole,” said Lt Cdr Steve Banfield, Clyde’s Commanding Officer.

“The great part of serving in the Falkland Islands is the ability to operate jointly, and this event has allowed us to demonstrate what Clyde is capable of and to make new connections that will see us work even more closely with our Army and RAF counterparts.”


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