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His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent paye avisit to RFA Cardigan Bay

RFA Cardigan Bay had the pleasure of welcoming onboard His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO on 17 April 2009 whilst alongside in Bahrain.

His Royal Highness is an Honorary Rear Admiral of the Royal Naval Reserve and was visiting the RNR personnel deployed to Bahrain and the Arabian Gulf in his capacity as Commodore-in-Chief Maritime Reserves (MR).

Prince Michael was first shown up to the Bridge where he met the embarked RNR personnel comprising the Force Protection Team plus 2 Communications augmentees.  Commanding Officer Captain Nigel Jones explained their role onboard and also the nature and value of RFA Cardigan Bay’s current employment in the North Arabian Gulf.

His Royal Highness was then taken on a tour of the ship to view the facilities and meet representatives of various departments.  First stop was the accommodation where AB Hopkins showed the Prince the living spaces used by the embarked RNR. 

Next was the starboard fast rescue craft where PO(D) Ian Walker and LH(D) Dave Todd discussed the boat’s features and handling with Prince Michael.  The Prince was then shown around the hospital by MT Steve Storer and Surg Lt Charlotte Wake. 

The galley was next on the tour, together with the dining facilities for Embarked Military Forces, then down to the vehicle deck where the stern door had been lowered to illustrate the capabilities of the dock.

Finally the Prince was whisked up to the flight deck for a group photo with embarked RNR personnel and UKMCC Bahrain staff.

RFA Cardigan Bay was proud to have successfully hosted Prince Michael’s visit thanks to the professionalism, friendliness and ongoing efforts of her ship’s company.

21st Apr 2009

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