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Bulwark Crete Visit

HMS Bulwark at Heraklion
Members of HMS Bulwark pay their respect to servicemen who were killed in the second world war, by laying a wreath at the War cemetry in Souda Bay Crete
Mountain biking

Three Royal Navy ships, which make up part of the UK’s biggest sea deployments of recent years, have spent the past week in the Greek island of Crete for a welcome port visit and used the opportunity to conduct some engineering maintenance. The Royal Navy’s amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark, Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll and Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship RFA Wave Ruler visited Irakilion and Souda Bay as part of the Taurus 09 deployment which has been exercising in the Mediterranean since February.

During their busy stay, the Captain and Officers from HMS Bulwark hosted an Official Reception for 200 guests on behalf of the British Vice Consul and held a Remembrance Service at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Souda Bay. In addition to the official commitments, there were plenty of opportunities for some rest and recreation, with organised football and golf matches whilst some the sailors and marines also participated in clay pigeon shooting, horse-riding, mountain biking, kayaking and conducted a cultural tour around some of the spectacular and historic sites that Crete has to offer.

On leaving the island’s ports, the ships will rejoin other TAURUS vessels for maritime security operations through to the Middle East and continuing on to South East Asia. The deployment culminates in a multi-national training package in the primary jungles of Brunei. At its height, 3,300 personnel will take part in the 20,400 mile round-trip deployment, interacting, training and building relations with 17 nations.3rd Apr 2009