Gibraltar offers the perfect mix of maritime terrain on which to hone our amphibious skills.

Lieutenant Colonel Jon Coomber RM

HMS Bulwark’s Amphibious Operations Officer Lieutenant Colonel Jon Coomber said: “Gibraltar offers the perfect mix of maritime terrain on which to hone our amphibious skills.

“It’s fantastic to have this opportunity to exercise Bulwark’s Assault Squadron in this, the last exercise of the deployment prior to the Cougar Task Group’s return to the UK.”  

Prior to arriving in Gibraltar, HMS Bulwark made a stunning entrance to the Grand Harbour of Valetta in Malta,  almost a year to the day since her last visit.

For many of the 500-strong ship’s company it was a welcome return to an island peppered with many happy memories and a wealth of activities to enjoy.

Commanding Officer Captain Dean Bassett said: “The historic bond between the Royal Navy and the island of Malta remains as strong as ever and I am extremely privileged to have brought the Fleet Flagship back to Valetta.”

HMS Bulwark is on her way home from Cougar 14, the routine annual deployment of elements of the UK’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG). She sailed from Plymouth in August 14 to the Mediterranean and Gulf regions, demonstrating the Royal Navy’s capacity to project an effective maritime component anywhere in the world.

The Cougar 14 Task Group has worked closely with partner nations, enhancing interoperability, testing its flexibility, promoting the UK’s interests overseas, and demonstrating the Government’s long-term commitment to security and stability throughout the Mediterranean and Gulf Regions.

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