Mine countermeasures and maritime security operations are about the freedom of the seas – the arteries along which the life blood of global commerce and energy flow.

Commodore Keith Blount

"This exercise demonstrates the importance of maritime security to the world’s economy," said Commodore Kyd.

"It is imperative that we have the opportunity to work together with commercial shipping companies and cooperate with international partners across the globe, in order to prove our capability to keep the sea lanes open for legitimate trade."

The senior Royal Navy officer in the region, who is part of the international team directing the exercise from Bahrain, is Commodore Keith Blount, UK Maritime Component Commander.

"This exercise will allow the Royal Navy to operate with partners and in coordination with commercial shipping, to practice skills that are among those that define its role," he says.

"Mine countermeasures and maritime security operations are about the freedom of the seas – the arteries along which the life blood of global commerce and energy flow.

"The key for me is that the exercise demonstrates that the international community is capable and ready to work together in the spirit of co-operation and partnership."

The exercise is due to run until mid-November. Once Bulwark has played her part she is resuming her Cougar 14 deployment with further exercises in the region.

Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

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