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NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 1990


Right: An Arab dhow, with a crew of 12 and 750 sheep also embarke is assisted by HMS York after being without water and food for four days.


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Left: Like old times: The Pakistani Navy ship Zulfiquar (left), remembered by many as HMS Apollo, exercises wit


HMS Jupiter.


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GROUP WHISKY, the three Royal Navy warships drawn into sharp focus as Gulf patrol ships during the Middle East crisis, had sailed from Britain in anticipation of becoming the longest, and most travelled, Armilla deployment to date.


station in the Gulf area, with another at short notice, changed as tension heightened and all three warships were drawn into the Gulf area. The original programme of


The plan of one ship on


Ocean she exercised with HMS Plover and the New Zea- land, Australian, Malaysian and Singapore navies in the multi-national exercise Star- fish.


the three, HM ships York, Battleaxe and Jupiter, accom- panied by RFA Orangeleaf, had included, between them, calling at such places as Western Australia, Singapore, the Seychelles, Hong Kong, Penang, Mauritius, Mombasa, Diego Garcia and Sri Lanka, as well as a number of Gulf ports. In the event many of the


places have been visited but the primary role of Gulf duty intervened after the Iraqi inva- sion of Kuwait and the build- up of naval and' other forces. The Battleaxe started her


Armilla deployment with a trip to the Far East and fitted in port visits to Colombo, Singa- pore, Hong Kong and Penang before taking up duties in the Gulf area. While in the Indian


while on stand down from Armilla duty, visited Paki- stan's main port of Karachi. Lieut.-Cdr. David Walton and WMEM Darby Allen made an expedition up to the Khyber Pass, describing it as "a visit of a lifetime."


Nostalgic


duties the York went to the rescue of an Arab dhow from South Yemen, which had been drifting for two weeks in the Indian Ocean with a broken engine. With 12 crew and 750 sheep embarked, the dhow had run out of water and food four days before the York's


with the PNS Zulfiquar — until recently HMS Apollo — and the occasion was decidedly nostalgic. Before taking up Armilla


Later the Jupiter exercised


arrival and a number of sheep had died. PO Dave Oxnard and PO


Meanwhile, the Jupiter,


basa a nine-man team, led by the ship's doctor, Surgeon Lieut. Dave Birt, climbed Point Lenana, a 16,355-foot moun- tain in the Mount Kenya group, in 24 hours. On a visit to the Unit Arab


Jimmy Somerville repaired the dhow's engine, watered ship and supplied the crew with essential provisions to make port. The last item passed over was a box of Yorkie bars! When the York visited Mom-


Suez Canal by ships of the group, teams from all the ves- sels visited the Pyramids and the museums of Cairo.


HONG KONG RENDEZVOUS


FOR some members of HMS Battleaxe's ship's company a week's break in Hong Kong was a bit like coming home. When the Type 22 frigate


berthed at HMS Tamar the Captain in Charge Hong Kong, Capt. Michael Gor- don Lennox, was one of the first up the gangway for a reunion with his brother, Cdr. Andrew Gor- don Lennox, commanding officer of Battleaxe. It was the first time the


Above: On a fishing trip in the Seychell tropical fish but biggest catch of the day was made by POSTD Ro won the fight against this eight-foot sailfin. The fish was later d community. On the right is the not-so-lucky PO Smudge Smith.


two brothers had met since Capt. Gordon Lennox took up his appointment in Hong Kong. The ship's doctor, Sur- geon-Lieut. Steve Robin- son, grew up in the Territo- ry, arriving at the age of four when his father took up a teaching post at Hong Kong University's Medical School. Lieut. Stephen Kay, the


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ship's diving officer, also had good reason to wel- come the visit. Before join- ing the Navy in 1986 he was an inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police's marine division, spending nearly four years chasing smugglers and illegal im- migrants around the Terri- tory's waters. He organised a visit to his old division and


Above: Capt. Michael Gordon Lennox, Captain-in-Charge Hong Kong (left), is greeted by his brother, Cdr. Andrew Gordon Lennox, commanding officer of HMS Battleaxe, when the Type 22 frigate arrived in Hong Kong. It was one of several rendezvous.


the visit undoubtedly fell to AB Rick Kershaw. Detailed to welcome a party of VIP visitors on board, he was astounded when confront- ed by his mother Gwyneth, father Will and sister Judy.


grabbed the chance to take over the controls of a police launch. Biggest surprise during


Daily Express competition for a wish to be granted — what else but to visit her son in Hong Kong! Rick's parents saw their son being rated up to Leading Seaman (EW) at Captain's Table, after which Rick was able to enjoy 48 hours leave with his family.


His mother had won a r


In I98fi IDS! two weeks alter completing the gruelling South Downs Way Run, the super-tit Bill Wright wns struck down by the crippling Guillain- Barre


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Emirate of Ras At Khaimah, the Ruler attended a lunch party on board. The ship par- aded a guard, commanded by Sub-Lieut. Matthew Spicer, and the British Ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Mr. G. S. Burton, presented 23 members of the ship's company with Gulf medals awarded for previous service in the Middle East. Earlier, during transit on the


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