This is a perfect example highlighting the flexibility and professionalism of my team who rapidly switched roles in response to real-world events.

Commander Phil Tilden RN

Within minutes a small medical team was sent over to the fishing vessel and Monmouth’s doctor Surgeon Lieutenant Elizabeth Walters was able to stabilise the casualty, a 34-year-old Canadian, but determined he was in urgent need of hospital treatment.

The fisherman was carefully carried by one of Monmouth’s boat back to the frigate, while a Seahawk helicopter was scrambled by another participant of the exercise, the American supply ship USNS Robert E Peary.

It landed on Monmouth, collected the casualty and flew him to a waiting ambulance at Halifax’s Stanfield International Airport. Lt Walters accompanied the injured man throughout the long flight back.

“This is a perfect example highlighting the flexibility and professionalism of my team who rapidly switched roles in response to real-world events,” said Commander Phil Tilden, Monmouth’s Commanding Officer.

“It also demonstrates the fantastic partnership that the Royal Navy has with the US and Royal Canadian Navies such that we can operate seamlessly together to pool resources and deliver results – which in this instance undoubtedly saved a life.”

After evacuating the casualty the warship switched its attention back to exercise Cutlass Fury, bringing her ship’s company to Action Stations to fight alongside her NATO partners, the USS Berkeley and USS Gonzalez, in a simulated air attack using real Canadian F-18 fighter jets as the adversary.

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