UK: HMS Richmond Welcomes Commander British Forces on Board

HMS Richmond Welcomes Commander British Forces on Board

HMS Richmond has had the pleasure of welcoming onboard Commander British Forces as she carries out her South Atlantic Patrol Tasking.

HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Robert G Pedre, and the ship’s company welcomed Commander British Forces, Air Commodore Russell La Forte CBE, for an extended visit.

Embarking via the ship’s helicopter, the primary aim of the Air Commodore’s visit was to see HMS Richmond demonstrate the many and varied roles, and capabilities, that a Type 23 frigate is capable of delivering.

This also included examples of how HMS Richmond is capable of operating as a single unit for extended durations, whilst maintaining readiness to support tri-service units when required.

Taking time to meet personnel from every department onboard the ship, Air Commodore La Forte enjoyed learning how the ship’s company worked together to support their current tasking.

He even took the opportunity to develop some ‘hands-on’ experience during one of the ship’s regular damage control exercises by joining one of the pumping and flooding teams in order to experience how the ‘internal battle’ was fought.

For Chief Petty Officer Garry Jones the highlight of the visit was the presentation of his Long Service and Good Conduct medal by Air Commodore La Forte.

Having previously served in the Royal Air Force for almost 9 years before transferring to the Royal Navy, Chief Petty Officer Jones enjoyed reminiscing with the Air Commodore about previous RAF postings that they had both completed.

Receiving his medal, Chief Petty Officer Jones, said:

“I am delighted to have received my LS&GC medal from Air Commodore La Forte, particularly due to my previous service in the RAF.”

Press Release, November 08, 2013; Image: Royal Navy