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NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 2009 25
ual in the Gulf
oard them to her plight. the Navy, they did not know they
the The minehunters have been were directly related to Admiral Lord
ove operating with Lyme Bay as their Nelson until they were shown a
mother ship, as well as training with large-scale family tree by a relative at
ows
the Bahrain Coastguard and US a family funeral.
eck,
Navy force protection boats. The Navy’s fast fleet tanker, RFA
al if
There have also been trips to a US Wave Knight, has played a low-key
sor,
Air Force base for a chance to get role since she was involved in two
kept
acquainted with the Desert Hawk anti-piracy strikes in April.
helicopters. But things have been a little more
Lisa-
AB (Diver) Watson, of HMS interesting for the other Bay-class
first
Chiddingfold, said: “I am enjoying ship in the Gulf, RFA Cardigan
how
life in Bahrain. Bay, which has had to travel south
nce
“When we are working we are to Bahrain earlier than planned to
really busy with lots of diving and rectify some technical problems.
on
other tasks to keep us occupied. En route to Bahrain Cardigan Bay
see
“Bahrain has some good nightlife conducted a number of rendezvous,
have
too, and the American facility is exchanging stores with Wave Knight
brilliant with loads of stuff to do. The and embarking a RIB from HMS
ters
gym is also really well equipped. Richmond – which arrived back in
ain;
the UK last month – for repairs.
ment
“The heat is quite extreme out
what
here but I am starting to acclimatise, While in port crew exchanges
(that
and after the middle of September it were carried out, and the US Navy
o be
will start to get cooler.” Maritime Expeditionary Security
Before we leave the minehunters, Force crews also swapped over.
bid
Atherstone can boast two brothers The departing team had been with
and
with an illustrious Naval name. the ship for several months and had
the
Lt Cdr Chris Nelson has taken over become an integral part of the ship’s
as Commanding Officer, while his capability.
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younger brother, PO Philip Nelson, To mark their departure a plaque
hey
is just finishing his ten-month stint as was presented to the captain and
are
a mine warfare specialist on board. crew of the Cardigan Bay by Lt
on
Although their father was also in Rodrigue and IT1 Riner.
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