We are extremely proud to welcome HMS Somerset back from operations in the Mediterranean.

Malcolm Pollock, Devonport Base Services Manager

The next duty was to protect the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference, again with HMS Bulwark. The event included Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles. 

HMS Somerset also took part in a boarding exercise with the Maltese Armed Forces some of whose officers were re-united with ex colleagues from Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

After the week’s conference HMS Somerset’s crew marked the end with a press-up challenge raising several hundred pounds for charity by completing 12,000 press ups in a day. Engineer Philip Howarth who ‘lifted and lowered’ 2,000 times.

The crew then had a break from duties in the Maltese port of Valletta where the crew tried out sub aqua diving on Second World War wrecks.

For many, all the way from the most junior able seamen, to the ship’s captain Commander Michael Wood, it was their first time diving in the sea.  

Medical Assistant Emma Hallett, 21, who was on her first ever dive said:  “It was something I’d wanted to try and getting to learn and dive on the old ships surrounded by wildlife was great.”

Meanwhile, on land whilst the ship’s hockey team was beaten ands the rugby team triumphed against local sides. 

Malcolm Pollock, Devonport Base Services Manager, said: “We are extremely proud to welcome HMS Somerset back from operations in the Mediterranean.

"Although she has only been away from Devonport a short time,  her contribution has been tremendous in terms of bolstering the UK’s maritime presence in this strategically important area.

"The Naval Base’s focus is on supporting the ship as she prepares to take on the role as the UK’s high readiness frigate early next year.’’

The crew will now go on Christmas leave. 

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