PlymouthLive: "Royal Navy Frigate Shares Video Of Dolphin Escort After Russia Mission"

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"If you've ever wondered what it's like to sail through Plymouth Sound, up the River Tamar and into HMNB Devonport on the fastest frigate in the Royal Navy, the video above should give a you some idea.

Type 23 HMS Sutherland returned to her HMNB Devonport home on Tuesday, after conducting Maritime Security Operations - which included keeping watch over a Russian Navy task Force heading through UK waters.

And footage of her journey back into base has been shared on Twitter.

A spokesperson for the ship said: "Time-lapse footage of our return back into @HMNBDevonport after our recent Fleet Ready Escort activation.

"We'll conduct a short logistics reset prior to sailing again for Maritime Security Operations (MarSyOps)."

And the warship, nicknamed the Fighting Clan, even had a dolphin escort as she headed home.

Yesterday, HMS Sutherland conducted Seaboat drills to enable some of its Coxwains and Bowmans to practice their approach techniques as the Ship remains underway.

"Teamwork in the sea boat is vital to ensure the launch and recovery is done safely and quickly," said a spokesperson.

"In challenging sea states this takes a lot of skill, determination and trust. "

As well as being the fast frigate in the Royal Navy's fleet, and one of the hardest-working, HMS Sutherland is also one of the most active on Twitter - and her tweets give a real insight into the day-to-day life of a sailor at sea.

A recent collection of tweets showed that a weekend at sea with the Royal Navy can feature everything from swarm attacks to cream teas.

HMS Sutherland capped off a busy 2019 by winning the Royal Navy's prestigious Above Water Warfare 2019 Royal Navy Effectiveness Trophy - despite predominantly being an Anti-Submarine Warfare Platform.

The Royal Navy says: "Versatile and adaptable, Sutherland’s missions vary from finding and striking enemy warships through to evacuating citizens from disaster zones. She is also our fastest recorded frigate, achieving over 34 knots (39mph) during time trials in 2004.

"The Ship’s Company – a crew of around 200 – is split into Warfare, Marine Engineering, Weapon Engineering, Logistics, Flight and Executive.

"They’re specialists in their own areas, though all members of the crew are also trained in ‘wholeship duties’ including damage control, fire fighting and first aid.

"Sutherland also welcomes specialists including as linguists, intelligence analysts and a Royal Marines boarding team depending on the operation."


 
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