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HMS Enterprise enjoys Turkey for New Year

Enterprise enjoys Turkey for New Year
23 January 2018
For the crew of HMS Enterprise, flagship of NATO's Mediterranean minehunting force (aka MCM Group 2), 2018 opened in the city of Izmir and a chance to get to know the first new member of the international task group.

Group 2 dispersed at the end of last year, with the participating ships returning to their native countries… with the exception of the flagship.

With the advent of the new year, new ships are assigned to the NATO force. First up: TCG Akçay, a German-designed, Turkish-built minehunter.

In Izmir the respective ship's companies showed off their various pieces of equipment to demonstrate what their vessels can do.

The Brits demonstrated how they would deal with a flood aboard the 4,000-tonne survey vessel… and the Turks staged a mock fire which demanded the combined efforts of both crews before being brought under control.

And there was a spot of combined training in the Bay of Izmir, where the Turks practised 'rafting up' - bringing Akçay alongside Enterprise to use her as a mother/depot ship.

Happy with their combined military efforts, the Brits and Turks sealed their friendship with a football match… won (comprehensively) by the host nation.

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