HMS Cattistock Pays Goodwill Visit to Algeria

HMS Cattistock Pays Goodwill Visit to Algeria

NATO’s Standing Naval Mine Counter-Measures Group 2, headed by HMS Cattistock, has paid a visit to the country where she hosted NATO and Algerian Officers.

 While in the country’s capital, visiting officers were offered a capability demonstration as well as a presentation on NATO’s maritime role.

Away from the formalities, NATO personnel also played the Algerian Military Football Team and were treated to a traditional Algerian feast at the Military Academy.

On departure from Algeria, HMS Cattistock conducted a series of manoeuvres and drills with the Algerian Patrol Boat, Al Mirfak, which presented an opportunity to exchange personnel and allow them a chance to experience life on board the different units.

HMS Cattistock’s Commanding Officer, Lt Cdr Steve Higham, said:

 “The warmth and hospitality of the Algerians has been overwhelming and, while this has not been the first visit by a NATO group, it has probably been one of the most successful. I hope there will be many more such meetings in the future.”

HMS Cattistock continues to lead mine counter measure operations as part of a 4 month deployment in the Mediterranean. She will return to the UK later in the year to commence retraining for further operational tasking.

Naval Today Staff, April 3, 2013; Image: Royal Navy