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Commander-In-Chief Visits Taurus Units In The Red Sea

Admiral Stanhope visiting TAURUS 09 ships
Amphibious Assault in the Red Sea
Admiral Stanhope at the helm of a Landing Platform Vehicle and Personnel

Seven weeks after waving them off from Devonport, Commander In Chief Fleet (CINC), Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope KCB OBE has visited TAURUS 09 units as they transit through the Red Sea, marking the successful end of Phase One and the start of a packed programme for Phase Two.

Admiral Stanhope, who will be promoted to First Sea Lord in July, was welcomed onboard the Flagship HMS Bulwark, where he toured the ship, speaking with ship’s company about their experiences so far. He was appraised of how the deployment is progressing, as well as briefed on some of the exciting elements coming up, including training with the Bangladeshi Navy, a high profile visit to Singapore, an exercise in Malaysia under the Five Powers Defence Agreement and the pinnacle of Phase Two; Exercise COMMANDO RAJAH, a large-scale, multi-national amphibious and maritime exercise in Brunei.

He even took to the helm of a Landing Platform Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP), carefully watched over by the boat’s custodian of course, Flag Captain Wayne Keble.

The visit also enabled Admiral Stanhope to meet with key defence personnel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with whom the Royal Navy is currently operating.

CINC then moved on to visit HMS Somerset and RFA Lyme Bay where he met personnel about to commence an underwater warfare exercise and Royal Marines, preparing to go ashore for a training package along the Red Sea coast.