Tactical training in the Indian Ocean
Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond has taken part in training exercises with UK Merlin helicopters in the Indian Ocean.
The training is part of a package that will advance anti submarine warfare tactics.
Working with 820 Naval Air Squadron Merlin Mk 2 helicopters, also deployed in the region, Richmond made use of her advanced specialist equipment to hunt and track simulated submarines.
Commander Mark Anderson Royal Navy, the ship’s Commanding Officer, said: “HMS Richmond has some of the most advanced anti-submarine warfare equipment in the world; conducting training in the unique environment of the Indian Ocean allows us to understand that environment better and demonstrate that we can utilise this capability globally.”
HMS Richmond has some of the most advanced anti-submarine warfare equipment in the worldCommander Mark Anderson, Commanding Officer of HMS Richmond
Taking part and monitoring the exercise was Petty Officer Lindsey Hallam, one of the ship’s under water specialist operators.
She said: “The interaction with 820 Naval Air Squadron was a useful training opportunity for the Sonar and Operation room crews.
"It was great to be using a live asset such as the Merlin MK2 to test our anti-submarine warfare capabilities.”
HMS Richmond’s primary tasking in the Indian Ocean has been as part of Combined Maritime Forces Combined Task Force 150.
Their mission is to promote maritime security in order to counter terrorist activity and other illegal activities.
Sub-Lieutenant Emily Witcher, one of the ship’s officers of the watch, said: “We can carry out counter narcotics smuggling one day, and immediately switch to anti-submarine warfare training the next.
"This demonstrates the flexibility that a Type 23 frigate provides.”