HMS Cattistock on mine-hunter duties in the Mediterranean

A Portsmouth based minehunter has carried out a goodwill visit to Algeria.

NATO’s Standing Naval Mine Counter-Measures Group 2, headed by HMS Cattistock, has paid a visit to the country where she hosted NATO and Algerian Officers.

While in the country’s capital, visiting officers were offered a capability demonstration as well as a presentation on NATO’s maritime role.

Away from the formalities, NATO personnel also played the Algerian Military Football Team and were treated to a traditional Algerian feast at the Military Academy.

On departure from Algeria, HMS Cattistock conducted a series of manoeuvres and drills with the Algerian Patrol Boat, Al Mirfak, which presented an opportunity to exchange personnel and allow them a chance to experience life on board the different units.

HMS Cattistock’s Commanding Officer, Lt Cdr Steve Higham, said:

“The warmth and hospitality of the Algerians has been overwhelming and, while this has not been the first visit by a NATO group, it has probably been one of the most successful. I hope there will be many more such meetings in the future.”

HMS Cattistock continues to lead mine counter measure operations as part of a 4 month deployment in the Mediterranean. She will to the UK later in the year to commence retraining for further operational tasking.

The warmth and hospitality of the Algerians has been overwhelming and, while this has not been the first visit by a NATO group, it has probably been one of the most successful.

Lt Cdr Steve Higham