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Fleet Commander visits UKMCC HQ and RN ships in the Gulf

03/02/2014

The Royal Navy Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff travelled to Bahrain where he visited several RN ships currently on operations in the Gulf and met staff deployed to the UK Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) headquarters.

It was a great pleasure to have the Fleet Commander visit UKMCC.
Commodore Keith Blount RN

As Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Phillip Jones CB RN ensures that ships, submarines and aircraft are ready for any operation that the Government requires.

Commodore Keith Blount OBE, Royal Navy, Commander UKMCC, said: "It was a great pleasure to have the Fleet Commander visit UKMCC.

“Such a senior member of the Royal Navy's leadership team emphasised the strategic importance the UK places on its presence in the Gulf region and in Bahrain."

He continued, “I was particularly pleased that the Admiral managed to meet so many of the sailors who work both ashore and at sea supporting our mission."

At Naval Support Activity Bahrain, home to the US 5th Fleet and the UKMCC headquarters, Vice Admiral Jones called on Vice Admiral John Miller, Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command, US 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces before he met around 60 Royal Navy staff responsible for the operational control of UK maritime assets operating in the Gulf and the Middle East at the UKMCC headquarters.

Vice Admiral Jones also travelled to Manama’s Mina Salman Port, where four Royal Navy Mine Counter Measure Vessels (MCMVs) are permanently based, to meet Ship’s Companies and the Mine Warfare Battle Staff (MWBS) embarked on RFA Cardigan Bay.

Speaking at length to the men and women onboard the MCMVs, Vice Admiral Jones emphasised the Royal Navy’s commitment to Gulf regional security and told Ship’s Companies that they were at the forefront of mine countermeasure operations.

The Fleet Commander also went aboard HMS Westminster, which is deployed to the Gulf for Op Kipion duties and Forward Repair Ship RFA Diligence in order to gain a full-spectrum picture of Royal Navy operations in the region.

Images by LA(Phot) Dan Rosenbaum

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