A Royal send off in Malta

The Royal Navy has completed its role at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting with “Cheer Ship” for Her Majesty the Queen in Malta.

At the request of the Maltese Government a UK Task Force helped provide security at this major event in support of the Maltese Armed Forces.

It came weeks after the same two ships supported Malta’s EU migration conference in Valetta.

The UK provided the amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark and the frigate HMS Somerset, along with Merlin helicopters from 814 Naval Air Squadron and RAF assets.

Working with the Maltese gave UK forces a chance to practise joint operational training with their Mediterranean colleagues. 

. We were delighted to offer our support to the Maltese Government’s security operation this month which draws on our experience in providing security to high profile events such as the Olympics in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games last year.

Commodore Martin Connell

Commodore Martin Connell, the Commander of the UK Amphibious Task Group, said: “The United Kingdom’s Armed Forces enjoy a close, friendly relationship with our colleagues in the Armed Forces of Malta. 

"We were delighted to offer our support to the Maltese Government’s security operation this month which draws on our experience in providing security to high profile events such as the Olympics in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games last year.”

As the meeting drew to a close Her Majesty the Queen crossed Valletta Harbour in a traditional Maltese boat.

HMS Bulwark “Cheered Ship” as officers and crew greeted Her Majesty as she disembarked her boat.

HMS Bulwark has been taking part in COUGAR 15 and will return to the UK in mid December.