Young Officers join Mexican Navy Sail Training ship

Topic: Fighting armsSurface Fleet

In a historic event, two Young Officers from River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel (RCOPV) HMS Tyne were invited to sail with the Mexican Navy on their tall ship ARM Cuauhtémoc.

This was the first time a Royal Navy officer had sailed with the ship on part of her annual deployment around the Atlantic.

The two officers, SLt Jenny Greenfield and SLt Thomas Flaherty joined the ship in London during her five day port visit, where she was berthed at Canary Warf.

They remained with the ship for the next four weeks visiting Hamburg and Bremerhaven in Germany, Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Antwerp in Belgium.

On her seven month deployment ARM Cuauhtémoc will visit thirteen different countries on a diplomatic and training mission.

The ship, which is named after the last Aztec Emperor, is primarily a training vessel for the Mexican Navy’s officer cadets.

During the time at sea, the officers were given an introduction to sailing on a tall ship (along with a chance to climb up the rigging) and a taste of what life is like in the Mexican Navy.

They were joined by several other international officers including naval officers from the US Navy and Coastguard, as well as naval officers from several Latin American countries (including Peru, Chile, Columbia, Brazil and Argentina).

The trip provided a fantastic opportunity for the Royal Navy to build relationships with the Mexican Navy along with other North and South American Navies, as well as providing the officers with a chance to improve their language skills.

Reflecting on his time on board, SLt Flaherty said, "The Mexican officers, sailors and cadets showed us how truly welcoming Mexican hospitality is.

"This exchange has given us a great insight into how other navies operate, as well as allowing us to form strong bonds with countries we otherwise might not have encountered during our careers.

"I hope other young officers from The Royal Navy will get the chance to sail on board Cuauhtémoc in the future and enjoy this fantastic experience".

HMS Tyne is one of the Royal Navy’s four Offshore Patrol Vessels in the Fishery Protection Squadron which conducts Marine Enforcement Operations to protect the UK Fishing Industry, along with a host of other duties to ensure the UK’s Maritime Security.

Three of the highly capable OPVs are based in the UK while the fourth, HMS Clyde, is deployed to the Falkland Islands.

The Mexican officers, sailors and cadets showed us how truly welcoming Mexican hospitality is

Sub Lieutenant Thomas Flaherty, HMS Tyne