It was a great pleasure to have the Fleet Commander visit UKMCC.

Commodore Keith Blount RN

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