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TAURUS Ships In Mediterranean Stand Downs

Task force of ships and Marines involving British,American,Dutch and Turkish Navies that have been playing a part in EX Egemen, in Doganbey in Turkey
Task force of ships involving British,American,Dutch and Turkish Navies that have been playing a part in EX Egemen, in Doganbey in Turkey
Royal Air Force chinook helicopter from 18 Squadron based onboard HMS Ocean, conducting load lifts of BV's for the troops on the ground

The TAURUS ships have been enjoying their third stand-down of the deployment, with visits to Crete, Cyprus and Turkey.

Flagship HMS Bulwark, Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll and Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship RFA Wave Ruler have been visiting Irakilion and Souda Bay, whilst Izmir in Turkey was the port of choice for HMS Ocean, RFA Fort Austin and Mounts Bay. USS MItscher and RFA Lyme Bay have been stood down in Limassol.

HMS Bulwark hosted a reception on arrival in Iraklion, welcoming more than a hundred local dignitaries.

The stand downs mark the end of Phase One of the deployment which is now preparing to move on to some of the World’s most dangerous sea-lanes.

The Task Group has reduced in numbers for Phase Two but maintains its full capability to transit through the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, culminating in an intense, multi-national training package in the primary jungles of Brunei. This will provide crucial training for the Royal Navy and its Royal Marines, many of whom have more recently been serving in a land environment during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Riverine training will also be conducted with the Bangladeshi Navy, the first such interaction in more than a decade.

Speaking from his flagship HMS Bulwark as Phase One draws to an end, Commodore Peter Hudson CBE ADC, Commander UK Amphibious Task Group said:

“The main objective of the first phase of this deployment was to exercise the UK’s Amphibious Task Group in a testing, challenging multi threat environment – for both the ships and the Royal Marines.  In completing Exercise Egemen with our US, Dutch and Turkish partners we have fully achieved this, enabling nearly 2500 Royal Naval personnel to hone their skills, to refine procedures and to demonstrate what a powerful capability the Amphibious Task Group can deliver.  It has been a very successful period which sets the right tone of the next phase of work in the Indian Ocean”.