HMS Richmond sailed last week for a routine seven-month Atlantic Patrol Tasking.
Maintaining the continuous Royal
Naval presence in the Atlantic, the Type 23 Frigate will provide ongoing
protection and reassurance to British interests within the region.
The Atlantic Patrol Task will see
Richmond undertake maritime security operations, including counter narcotics
and anti piracy patrols, providing opportunities to work with a number of other
navies to further strengthen ties and demonstrate the Royal Navy’s commitment
to the region.
HMS Richmond has close ties with the Richmond and was granted Freedom of the Town in 1996. The ship’s company last exercised its Freedom rights in February 2005 when it marched through the town’s streets.
Commenting on the deployment, HMS
Richmond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Robert Pedre said: “HMS Richmond’s
deployment represents the culmination of many months of planning and
preparation. My ship’s company has worked tirelessly to ensure we are now ready
for operations to protect our nation’s interests”.
Engineering Technician (Weapons Engineer)
Allanah Pope said, “I am really looking forward to my first deployment because
it gives me a chance to actively use all the skills that I have developed
during our operational sea training. It also provides an opportunity to enjoy a
different side of Naval life which I have not yet experienced.”
The road to deployment has been a busy one for HMS
Richmond. In February the ship’s company put trainee submariners through their
paces off the west coast of Norway whilst taking part in the grueling
multi-national Submarine Command Course.
In March navigation students from the Maritime
Warfare School joined the ship for an intensive training programme covering
several thousand miles along the South Coast of England, Irish Sea, Western
Isles, Orkneys and Channel Islands. Later that same month the Type 23 Frigate literally
‘hit’ a key milestone on her path towards deployment by completing two
successful firings of her Sea Wolf surface to air missile system off the south
coast of England, proving decisively her ability to track and destroy
In April, alongside almost 50 other ships, countless aircraft and land troops, HMS
Richmond played her part in supporting one of the largest European military
exercises in recent years, Exercise Joint Warrior.
In May the crew completed a period of high
intensity training at Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) followed by a
comprehensive maintenance period in Portsmouth ensuring the ship was ready for
her time at sea.