UK: HMS Cattistock Heads Up MINEX 13-1

HMS Cattistock Heads Up MINEX 13-1

A multinational mine hunting exercise has taken place off the coast of Spain involving ships from Spain, France, Turkey and the Royal Navy. MINEX 13-1 tested NATO forces against a variety of threats such as fast attack craft and terrorist drones whilst dealing with a complex mine counter-measures battle.

Hosted by the Spanish, the Royal Navy was represented by Portsmouth based minehunter, HMS Cattistock, who joined 14 other units from across the maritime spectrum including Mine Hunters, Frigates, Spanish Marines, NATO research vessels and submarines.

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

“This exercise is the latest in a series of mission rehearsal events that we are undertaking as the lead ship in NATO’s Standing Naval Mine Counter-Measures Group 2.

“Building partnerships with NATO Navies and developing our tactics together is key to our future success.”

This latest challenge comes at the end of a busy period for HMS Cattistock.

She will shortly return to the UK for a quick break before the Ship’s Company commences retraining ahead of a further deployment to the Gulf.

Naval Today Staff, April 22, 2013; Image: Royal Navy