Devonport-based HMS Argyll carries out charitable work in Cape Verde
THE CREW of city-based frigate HMS Argyll took a break from their drug-busting duties to help a small community in Cape Verde.
Lead by the Executive Officer, a team of 34 sailors headed to the Belvista district of Mindelo to plant trees and carry out groundwork.
Their work was in support of Project SOS Villagers, a small charity village which educates and houses disadvantaged families on the island.
HMS Edinburgh had previously conducted renovation of houses in the same village last year – and Argyll was quick to pick up the baton and carry on the good work.
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Lieutenant Commander Euan Stuart, the Executive Officer, said: "We are absolutely delighted to be asked to assist in the regeneration of the SOS village in Mindelo. This is the sort of thing that the Ships Company really enjoys, as it is a great opportunity to give back to a community that has given the ship a great port visit.
"It was amazing to see so much hidden talent come out of the wood work from dry-stone walling to landscape gardening."
The Herald reported yesterday on how HMS Argyll responded to a request for help from a Japanese fishing vessel.
One of the crew members had a serious head injury and needed urgent evacuation.
Service personnel winched the injured fisherman off his vessel and flew him to hospital on Cape Verde.
Speaking just before the incident, Commander Tim Neild added: "After a run-ashore in Mindelo the team were raring to go on the next stage of the deployment which will see us co-operate with a number of key players in the region.
"It will demonstrate the flexibility and interoperability of a Royal Navy warship working alongside other maritime nations with the common goal of curbing illicit use of the sea whilst maintaining maritime security and Protecting British interests worldwide."
On completion of her tasking in the Atlantic, the ship will undertake a number of regional engagement visits before returning to her Devonport home in September.