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a term the US Coast Guard lity they’ve built to replicate ts of a merchantman using ence the ‘ship in a box’ tag. nd search teams – such as

Ryan Billington carrying out main image – to practise the ’. As the name suggests, it and checking cabins and

ism of the training, high- ulation weapons are used g from rifl es, shotguns and nes.

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nd search techniques and e the Crazy A’s crew after overhead Monmouth’s Lynx

secured by the green berets, outh’s Royal Navy boarding the 750-tonne warship to ts and personnel.

n was one of the highlights of ving the two ships which not ke make use of Atherstone,

Pacifi c 24 sea boats (highly h a top speed nearly 40kts) upper deck gunners in the attack craft – the chance to in against was of particular .

heir time in company, there ship’s companies to swap e life on board each other’s

onnel between ships at sea w the exchange of ideas and aid Atherstone’s Executive is. “It’s the Royal Navy’s one company – which has Naval Service and its ability nging threats to security at

, the link-up reminded him tone is like; he commanded tours of duty in the Gulf. offi cer, you develop a great nership over your ship – it’s r leaves you,” Cdr Ruddock arly enjoyable working so p.”

warfare vessels either work their own genus – so the ith one of the big toys was

Monmouth has been a for Atherstone’s crew to nalism as well as what a vessel is capable of when 23 frigate, particularly in onment of the Gulf,” said nding Offi cer

Lt Cdr Ben

e for the two ships to part th’s instance, she fancied g... FEBRUARY 2013 : 23

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