Royal Visitors Board HMS Argyll in Colombia
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, accompanied by the President of Colombia, visited Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll alongside in Cartagena, Colombia on Friday, 31 October.
President Santos was joined by his wife, Colombia’s First Lady. While on board HMS Argyll the party were introduced to members of the ship’s company and witnessed an evening sunset ceremony.
During his speech to the assembled guests, the Commanding Officer of HMS Argyll, Commander Hammond said:
It is a great honour for me to bring HMS Argyll and my ship’s company to Cartagena and further strengthen the good relationship between our countries.
The evening came to a close with the Ceremonial Sunset. President Santos took the salute as the White Ensign was lowered.
During the visit to further develop the working relationship between the Royal Navy and the Colombian Navy, sailors from HMS Argyll visited the Colombian ship ARC Almirante Padilla.
Colombian Navy sailors also visited HMS Argyll, to gain a deeper understanding of how the ship operates and to learn more about the successful Hurricane Relief and Counter Narcotics work that HMS Argyll has carried out in conjunction with the US Coast Guard to enhance regional security and deter illicit activity during her deployment.
The frigate provides support to the UK’s British Overseas Territories and other islands during the hurricane season.
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