I am delighted to be home in time for Christmas and wish everyone who has taken part in this deployment a very Merry Christmas.

Captain Kim Watts, RFA

The Royal Navy Lynx helicopter was also put to good use assisting local police forces in finding illegal marijuana plantations, charcoal production sites, illegal fishing activities, and criminal hideouts.

These flights led directly to half a dozen seizures and arrests.

The ship also worked closely with the US Coastguard to seek out and stop vessels suspected of smuggling drugs.

A US Coastguard spokesman said of the effort: “Lyme Bay’s patrols prevented 2,500kg of cocaine from reaching our shores and nearly $53 million dollars of illicit revenue which will never be used to fund instability, violence or corruption.”

Sailing into Falmouth at the end of a busy deployment Captain Kim Watts, Commanding Officer of RFA Lyme Bay, said he was immensely proud of the work undertaken by his ships company and the embarked forces.

“Every member of the ship’s company is very proud of what we have achieved,” he added.

“Everyone is understandably glad to have played a part in contributing to the humanitarian activities during these past six months and to reviving, and building, new relations with nations across the Caribbean on behalf of the Royal Navy and the United Kingdom. 

"I am delighted to be home in time for Christmas and wish everyone who has taken part in this deployment a very Merry Christmas.”

Cadet Marine Engineer Officer (RFA)

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