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News story: HMS Cattistock heads for the Med

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Ministry of Defence said:
HMS Cattistock will be working as part of a permanent multinational maritime force in the area called the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2.
Ships from allied nations work together throughout the year defending sea routes from the threat of underwater mines and carrying out joint training exercises.
The deployment demonstrates the UK’s long-standing commitment to NATO and outlines the importance of the Royal Navy’s role within the organisation.
HMS Cattistock’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Stephen Higham, said:
We are well prepared and looking forward to working alongside our NATO allies in the Mediterranean. This deployment is a great opportunity for the ship to learn from shared experiences, contribute to regional security and showcase the Royal Navy’s skill as the world’s leading experts in mine warfare.


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#4
one thing I dont get with these RSS feeds is the endless need to tell the word where our forces are and what they are doing:
1. So security is out the window.
2. Is the PR component that important?
3. It shows just how small our forces are when the big story is a small minesweeper going on a job, or the setting up of a 12 man RAF thingy in the Middle East or even that soldiers train in snow.
 
#5
MoD_RSS will be along shortly to give details of the RFA that's supporting her. With a range of just 1500 miles (1350 to Gib, 2350 from Gib to Cyprus) and the ability to empty her tanks in 4 days, they'll be practicing refuelling as much as minesweeping.
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
Book Reviewer
#6
MoD_RSS will be along shortly to give details of the RFA that's supporting her. With a range of just 1500 miles (1350 to Gib, 2350 from Gib to Cyprus) and the ability to empty her tanks in 4 days, they'll be practicing refuelling as much as minesweeping.
You miss the point of minehunter deployments. Every 4 days you visit a foreign port, refuel and shag local girlies. It's expensive if you're a junior officer (Cocktail parties aren't cheap), but you end the deployment literally shagged out. Between Guzz and Gib they'll call into somewhere in the Bay of Biscay and somewhere in northern Spain or Portugal. Once they join the joint force they'll be "liaising with foreign navies" in ports all over the Med for 4 months, with some quiet, calm breaks in between minehunting for a bit of a rest.

Ain't war hell?
 

hotel_california

LE
Book Reviewer
#7
You miss the point of minehunter deployments. Every 4 days you visit a foreign port, refuel and shag local girlies. It's expensive if you're a junior officer (Cocktail parties aren't cheap), but you end the deployment literally shagged out. Between Guzz and Gib they'll call into somewhere in the Bay of Biscay and somewhere in northern Spain or Portugal. Once they join the joint force they'll be "liaising with foreign navies" in ports all over the Med for 4 months, with some quiet, calm breaks in between minehunting for a bit of a rest.

Ain't war hell?
Are there many mines in the Med that need hunting?
 
#9
Are there many mines in the Med that need hunting?
Apparently so... French nudist beaches evacuated as mine detonated - France - RFI

Why can't the Army get involved with Joint Force exercises patrolling nudist beaches?
Not forgetting the Libyan conflict of 2011 (despite all the RSS feeds): HMS Brocklesby clears Misrata port

...or even last year off Sardinia: HMS Ledbury destroys mine in Mediterranean

The British laid around 3,500 sea mines in the Med during the Second World War but the Germans and Italians laid many more.
 
#10
You miss the point of minehunter deployments. Every 4 days you visit a foreign port, refuel and shag local girlies. It's expensive if you're a junior officer (Cocktail parties aren't cheap), but you end the deployment literally shagged out. Between Guzz and Gib they'll call into somewhere in the Bay of Biscay and somewhere in northern Spain or Portugal. Once they join the joint force they'll be "liaising with foreign navies" in ports all over the Med for 4 months, with some quiet, calm breaks in between minehunting for a bit of a rest.

Ain't war hell?
Aha
Just in time for Las Fallas in Valencia...
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
Book Reviewer
#12
No, this has nothing to do with oddly spoken gentlemen of fading nations claiming terriotries that don't belong to them. I know the RN has a long and distinguished history of capturing major units of johnny foreigner's navies armed with nothing more than a floating bath tub and a sharp fork but even the Spanish Navy are not going to be overly worried by a minehunter. She's off to join a standing NATO force, many of which the RN used to contribute to. Nothing to see here, no point in MOD even announcing it. But they need the publicity...
 

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