HMS Richmond trains with Indian Navy

The Royal Navy frigate has been working out with the Indian Navy while operating in the Indian Ocean.

Deployed to the Middle East for nine months, HMS Richmond has been training with Indian Navy Ship (INS) Betwa.

The Portsmouth based frigate visited the port of Goa, India, for a routine stop and then set out to sea in the company of frigate INS Betwa.

The purpose of the workout was to ensure the two ships were able to communicate effectively and coordinate manoeuvres in case they are required to do so when working together in a task force.

Lieutenant Commander Alexandra Pollard, HMS Richmond’s Executive Officer, said: “Conducting this type of exercise is important. As a globally deployed force, we need to demonstrate we can work closely with our allies wherever we are.”

As a globally deployed force, we need to demonstrate we can work closely with our allies wherever we are.

Lieutenant Commander Alexandra Pollard

INS Betwa is armed with an array of weaponry and carries up to two helicopters. Since commissioning in 2004, Betwa has been involved in operations in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean.

Lieutenant Thomas Loxton, HMS Richmond’s Navigating Officer said: “This was a great opportunity to work with a very competent and professional navy. Working with the Betwa was rewarding; she is a very capable ship.”

Richmond has been deployed to the Indian Ocean and surrounding region for six months. 

The ship has been deployed with the Combined Maritime Forces, Combined Task Force 150, working to promote maritime security and freedom of navigation in the Middle East region.

Story corrected on 23 October 2015 - HMS Richmond has deployed for nine months.