November 15, 2019

RFA Mounts Bay in Caribbean drugs bust

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By George Allison from UK Defence Journal RFA Mounts Bay recovered 100kg of Cocaine from Hessian sacks dumped in the Caribbean as drug-runners dumped their cargo and fled from authorities, say the Royal Navy. The British vessel responded to a tip off from an American patrol aircraft which reported seeing the crew of a boat […]

Caribbean Rum resurgence: ‘Hellish liquor’ to premium product

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By Gemma Handy From BBC Long the poison of brutish pirates and drunken sailors, rum was traditionally a cheap booze imbibed far less for its flavour than its heady effect. Today lust for the liquor has never been so potent, and it is a taste for premium brands that is leading the charge, say manufacturers […]

Bermuda: Soldiers take part in nautical training in Cayman Islands

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From Bernews Two Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers have started an intensive nautical skills course in the Cayman Islands run by the Royal Navy. Private Donavin Trott-Burchall and Private Jessica Pimental, both members of the RBR Boat Troop, will spend three weeks with the RN’s International Defence Training Maritime Training Team learning small boat navigation, boat […]

HMS Queen Elizabeth

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Britain’s newest aircraft carrier has set sail on its first mission with helicopters — here are all the pictures By Kieran Corcoran From Business Insider The Royal Navy’s largest-ever warship is taking another step towards deploying on operations, and is training at sea with military aircraft for the first time. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first […]

RFA Wave Knight to visit Grand Cayman

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The Naval Support Ship RFA WAVE KNIGHT will arrive in Grand Cayman on 2 February for a 4 day visit during her deployment to the region on Atlantic Patrol Tasking North (APT(N)). This is a year round commitment to the region in support of Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Counter Narcotics Operations. During […]

HMS Mersey visit to Grand Cayman

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From Royal Navy Mersey arrived in George Town, Grand Cayman for a second attempt at visiting the UK Overseas Territory. With high winds and rough seas cancelling her earlier port call, Mersey returned in better weather and took full advantage of her shallow draught to come alongside. Most RN ships have to secure to buoys […]

Mersey comes to Cayman Islands

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HMS Mersey will visit George Town, Grand Cayman in February as part of her continued efforts to support UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean. HMS Mersey is one of the Royal Navy’s four River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels. With a top speed of 21kts, a range of 10,000nm and a pair of Pacific 22 Rigid […]

Sister ships meet in the Caribbean

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From Royal Navy Two Plymouth based Type 23 frigates have met up in the Caribbean while deployed on operations. HMS Argyll and HMS Portland met off the coast of Puerto Rico to transfer essential stores and took the opportunity to conduct ship manoeuvring training. HMS Argyll is at the start of her six month APT(N) […]

Queen names new warship amid defense budget uncertainty

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By Reuters From Manilla Bulletin Rosyth, Scotland – Queen Elizabeth officially named the biggest warship Britain has ever built on Friday amid uncertainty over Scotland’s coming independence referendum and future British defense spending. A crowd of 4,000 gathered in this Scottish port to watch pipe bands and dancers perform before the monarch pressed a button […]

Royal Navy crew join £60m Caribbean cocaine bust

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By LEWIS DEAN From International Business Times Crew of Wave Knight assist US Coast Guard in apprehending drug smugglers off Dominican Republic More than a tonne of cocaine with a UK street value of £60m has been seized in a joint mission by the Royal Navy and US Coast Guard. The operation involved a crew […]