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Nelson monument is rededicated !-ok San9

THE FIRST major civic monument com- memorating Nelson's great victories has been rededicated in Glasgow.

The foundation stone of the 44-metre high monument, in Glasgow Green, was laid on August 1, 1806 - predating the column in Trafalgar Square by 30 years. It cost £2,075 to build. In 1810 the monument, which commemo-

rates the battles of Aboukir Bay (the Nile), Copenhagen and Trafalgar, was struck by light-

• HMS Portland fires a Seawolf missile during a Joint Maritime Course off Scotland. Picture: OM Zoe Moor.

Seawolf honour

HMS PORTLAND rounded off her first year under the White Ensign on a high when she was awarded the prestigious AMS Fleet Seawolf Trophy for 2001. This coveted prize is awarded

annually to the best-maintained Seawolf surface-to-air system in the Fleet - and the news was made all the more pleasing when the tro- phy reached Portland and it was discovered that the ship was the first Type 23 frigate to add its name to the list of recipients. The award was made following Portland's successful tiring during JMCOI3 off Scotland last autumn. The achievement was all the

Montrose baton tO

Over and out

repair and repointing of cracked stones, dis- mantling and re-erecting the summit pyramid and adding new floodlighting, and was part- funded by Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The 1805 Club, a society devoted to the restoration of Nelsonian monuments and graves, also provided funding and advice for the project, part of a £14 million Glasgow Green renewal project.

ning and the top six metres was lost. The current restoration work included the

for frigate Newcastle

HMS MONTROSE has returned home to Plymouth after a busy deployment to the South Atlantic. The Type 23 frigate sailed

south at the beginning of October, her departure almost unnoticed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the United States and the response

more remarkable as Portland reached full operational status in record time for a Type 23. The frigate, which achieved full operational status in November, is on Armilla patrol in the Gulf. • HMS Coventry's Seawolf sys- tem has been removed from the ship in what is believed to be a first for Royal Navy personnel. Devonport's Seawolf Support

team, part of the Superintendent Fleet Maintenance department, was tasked to remove the equip- ment after the Type 22 frigate decommissioned. Specialist transport needed to

with less than a millimetre to spare. CPO Tom Rooney said: "The

be found, and a deck access hole had to be ground out to allow a lifting frame to be used. The equipment was removed

team relished the challenge of this large project, as a change from our usual work. Now we've cut our teeth, more of these sort of jobs are set to land in our in-tray."

under one captain and returned under another, had a full schedule to get through, including several weeks off West Africa - with the bonus of a break in Cape Town for Christmas.

from the Coalition forces. But Montrose. which sailed

The second half of her deployment saw her in the chilly waters around the Falklands, where the ship's diving team placed a White Ensign on the wreck of HMS Antelope, a Type 21 frigate which was sunk in San Carlos Water during the Falklands War.

company has been involved in charity projects and sporting con- tests - for example, they laid a new concrete floor at a school in Sierra Leone, and had a whip-round to

navies of France, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Brazil and Sierra Leone, and visited ports in Morocco. Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal. South Africa, the Falklands, El Salvador. Brazil and the Canary Islands. During such visits the ship's

Montrose has exercised with the

pay the school's electricity bill as well.

was promoted to the rank of Commodore at the turn of the year, was succeeded during the deployment by Capt Matt Parr. Capt Parr said: "The deploy-

Sailors from Montrose also reconstructed the roof of an orphanage in Sierra Leone. Capt Tony Johnstone-Burt, who

and the UK, and they have achieved this with great success." A quick check of the Supply

ment has been wide-ranging and varied, and offered the ship's com- pany the opportunity of seeing at first hand the different cultures around the African and South American continents. "More importantly, it has put

them in a position to foster good- will and develop new friendships amongst many different walks of life on behalf of the Royal Navy

Duke of Argyll spends a day on his frigate

THE DUKE of Argyll has spent a day at sea with his affiliated ship, Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll. The warship - one of the Duke-class

frigates - met the Duke and his fiancee, Miss Eleanor Cadbury, off the coast of Dorset when the visitors made a boat transfer out of Portland.

the ship's company and getting an idea of what life is like in the Royal Navy.

The VIP guests then spent the day meeting

John Kingwell, said: "It gave all in HMS Argyll great pleasure to host the Duke and Miss Cadbury at sea. "The Duke shows a keen interest in the

The Commanding Officer of the frigate, Cdr

ship and her people, and his support means a great deal to all on board." The Duke presented the ship with his new

coat of arms, and was asked to award CPO Euan Robertson, whose grandmother lives near Lochgilphead, with a Long Service and

Good Conduct Medal for 15 years service in the Royal Navy. The Duke said: "I am delighted to be able to

visit HMS Argyll once again. "I have very fond memories of my last visit,

and so it was a wonderful opportunity to renew old acquaintances and meet the many new members of the ship's company. "As always, the welcome was second to

none, and I am very grateful for the efforts of all those involved." On completion of the visit, Cdr Kingwell presented the Duke with a framed photo- graph of the Duke and the ship's company in front of Inverary Castle, which was taken dur- ing HMS Argyll's last visit to Argyll and Bute. HMS Argyll is the current holder of the Desmond Wettern Award, presented to the Royal Navy unit which does most to raise the public profile of the Royal Navy. The frigate won the award on the back of a

tricky but successful deployment to Sierra Leone.

Officer's records revealed that the ship's company has eaten its way through a mile of sausages, 1,935 apples, 750kg of carrots, 1,512kg of onions and 22,500 bars of choco- late since October, washed down with 7,200 litres of milk and 36,000 cans of fizzy drink.

28,000 miles - and as she steamed them, members of the ship's company spent £4,700 on flowers for loved ones back in the UK.

The ship has steamed

Patrol Tasking (South) is destroyer HMS Newcastle, which left Portsmouth on a miserable day but

Her replacement on Atlantic On her departure,

of submariners from HMS Vengeance and two buglers from the Royal Marines Band, Scotland. The memorial service was conducted by the

Rear Admiral Derek Anthony, Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland was a guest of honour at the rededica- tion, which featured a fly-past and landing by a Sea King of HMS Gannet's Search and Rescue Flight based at Prestwick in Ayrshire. The Navy also provided a Guard of Honour

Rev Martin Poll, a chaplain from Clyde Naval Base at Faslane.

box is up for grabs again

SPORTING teams have once again clashed for the honour of lifting the Lok Sang Box - a not- so-old Naval tradition which had almost passed into history. The box was a gift to a surveying

British steam ship Lok Sang, owned by the Indo China Steam Navigation Company (a subsidiary of Jardine Mathcson and Co) ran aground near what is now Lingao Point at the western Hainan Strait. The 1,070-ton RN sloop HMS

sloop which went to the assistance of a steam ship in 1918, and which became a trophy in Hong Kong. On December 7, 1918, the

after becomes unclear until the mid-1980s, when Cdr Peter Hore, then Base Supply Officer for HMS Tamar in Hong Kong, came across the box in the RN Trophy Centre at HMS Nelson.

back to Tamar, and in 1987 Cdr Hore issued a challenge to allow Jardines to win it back.

The box was brought

contest between the Navy and Jardincs until the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, when Jardincs found themselves holders of the Lok Sang Box but with no Royal Navy to challenge. Jardines managing director

• HMS Newcastle (foreground) and HMS Montrose conduct a handover for Atlantic Patrol Tasking (South).

was handed the baton by Montrose in the warmer climes off the Canaries.


Commanding Officer of HMS Newcastle, Cdr Steve Pearson, said: "Despite the awful weather, it was a fantastic sight to see so many families braving the cold to wish the ship such a goodbye from the Round Tower." As his ship relieved the Type 23

frigate, Cdr Pearson said: "This is a very proud day for the ship - the reason the ship's company have worked so hard for so long with sea training and exercises off the coast of Scotland was to prepare for today as we take over the task of patrolling the Atlantic from our Dcvonport-based colleagues."

winning most of the beach games while the diplomats won the kayaking, and rallied during the evening pursuits, which included pass the orange, the potato and loo-brush relay and spot dancing. Should a Royal Navy ship call at

General represent the RN in a resumed annual challenge. Jardines retained the trophy,

the British Consulate- This became an annual sporting

tude to HMS Merlin through the gift of a large silver box, on the lid of which was inscribed 'Presented to HMS Merlin by the Indo China Steam Nav. Coy. Lt. in recognition of valuable assistance rendered to SS Loksang, Hainan Island.' The history of the box there-

Merlin saw the steamer get into difficulties, and sent a party of divers and sailors across, finally freeing the ship after two days hard graft. The owners showed their grati-

Percy Weatherall wrote to the British Consul-General, Sir James Hodge, last September, suggesting that

Hong Kong, Jardines say they would be delighted to raise a team to play them. Contact should be made through the Naval Attache, British Embassy, Beijing. If anyone knows how the Lok

Sang (later renamed Mci Shun then Yushing) met her fate, sunk in the Yangtse River in 1938, please let the British Consulate- General in Hong Kong know on information (ifhritishconsulate. org. hk

• Red and green berets working together in Northern Ireland - members of Charlie Company, the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, with a member of Support Company 42 Commando Royal Marines on patrol in South Armagh. The two fighting forces worked side-by-side 20 years ago in the Falklands War, and have been on patrol together in various far-flung countries in the intervening years, including Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. Here they are helping support the police ser- vice in the province.

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