NATO delegates given glimpse of life on frigate
CITY-BASED sailors mingled with leading politicians during a stop-off in Qatar.
The crew of Royal Navy warship HMS Monmouth hosted representatives from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) during the routine port visit in the Middle East.
The frigate had stopped in Doha midway through her patrol of the region's seas.
The crew hosted 25 NATO Parliamentarians, led by British MP Sir John Stanley.
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Their visit to the Type 23 warship was part of a mission to examine the contribution of the Armed Forces of NATO member countries to the security and stability of the region and to understand current military operations. Speaking afterwards, Lieutenant Pete Hovington, the ship's deputy marine engineer officer, said: "This visit has provided a great opportunity to bring to life the interface between politicians and the assets which are charged to deliver an overall military effect."
The crew of Devonport-based HMS Monmouth, nicknamed the 'Black Duke', gave the visitors a tour and crew explained how they provided assurance, help and deterrence while patrolling the busy trade routes of the Arabian Gulf, in support of combined maritime forces.
The UK is committed to a regular presence in the Gulf to ensure freedom of navigation in international waters and the Royal Navy has been operating in the area for more than 30 years.
HMS Monmouth herself has conducted four deployments to the region over the past five years.
The missions protect UK and worldwide trade routes, by restricting the illegal trafficking of drugs and weapons and piracy.
Prior to visiting the city-based ship, the delegates visited the Royal Navy's UK Mine Countermeasures Vessels HMS Atherstone, Ramsey and Shoreham, which are stationed in Bahrain.