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A Fond Farewell by RFA Largs Bay to the Falkland Islands

A Fond Farewell by RFA Largs Bay to the Falkland Islands
A Fond Farewell by RFA Largs Bay to the Falkland Islands

Largs Bay (LRGS) said farewell to the Falklands Islands after a very successful first visit by a LSD (A) and following a spectacular display of her prowess during a Capability Demonstration.

The display was attended by a number of distinguished guests which included, The Governor of Falklands Islands and members of the Falklands Islands Government (FIG).

The day got underway in accordance with the meticulous planning of the Executive Officer. It was unfortunate the weather was not kind with a steady flow of rain however this did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of all involved as the guests arrived, some by Royal Navy Lynx others by the F.I. Brintel Helicopter.  They were greeted by Commanding Officer Captain I E Johnson and escorted to the Officers Mess for introductions with Senior Officers who would be their hosts for the day.

On with Proceedings

First order of the day was a presentation by the CO about LARGS and the Ships capabilities. 

After an excellent luncheon, the guests were taken on a tour of the ship and given the opportunity to ask questions to members of the ship’s company.  During the tour they had an opportunity to witness Largs in her amphibious role with the ship in the action condition (docked down) and the dock and vehicle being worked.  This was all very impressive with LCVP, MEXE, vehicles and the Roulement Infantry Company all participating. Many questions were asked and all the guests were suddenly very aware of what a capable and versatile ship LARGS is.

From the dock area it was then up to the Hospital for a comprehensive brief on facilities onboard by RFA MEDTECH Stuart Hamer before venturing out on to the Container Deck, Temporary Aircraft Shelter (TAS) and Flight Deck.

LARGS deployed with a LYNX helicopter (219 Flt, 815 NAS) embarked and headed up by Flight Commander, Lt Cdr Lee Davis.  The LYNX was ranged and spread on deck and made an impressive sight, especially now that the sun was shining!

Finally onwards and upwards to the bridge (the centre of the Universe!) for a look around and tea and biscuits

The day was judged a success and a fitting finale to LARGS’ 6 week tasking.