Commander Sarah West, Commanding Officer HMS Portland during a visit to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu
PHOTO CREDIT: DORSET ECHO
28 February, 2014
The frigate HMS Portland left the UK last month for a seven-month mission in the South Atlantic carrying out maritime security operations including counter-
narcotics and anti-piracy patrols. The ship, closely linked with Weymouth and Portland and includes some Dorset crew, is covering huge distances and was
last in Cape Verde working with the
It then sailed to Nigeria to help with ‘defence diplomacy’ in the region and welcomed many guests onboard. The ship conducted training with the Nigerian Navy, hosted a Security Forum in support of United Kingdom Trade and
Industry and a maritime security
A team of sailors and Royal Marines from HMS Portland also conducted training with Nigerian sailors. The training included fire fighting,damage control and maritime boarding and search techniques. Sailors from both navies also enjoyed a social event held at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Lagos.
Leading Physical Training Instructor
Matthew O’Brian worked with his
Nigerian colleagues, assisting with the running of a fitness class and exchanging ideas to ensure that sailors remain “fit to fight and fit for life”. He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to train with instructors from the Nigerian Navy and was impressed with the fitness level of the class that I
instructed, in temperatures that reached 28 degrees.”
Rear Admiral S.I. Alade, Flag Officer
commanding the Nigerian Western Naval Command commented on the Nigerian Navy’s shared heritage and close working
relationships. He said: “We have enjoyed working with our Royal Navy partners. Nigeria’s Navy is
an offshoot of the Royal Navy and we continue to work closely.”
A capability demonstration was held onboard HMS Portland which enabled the ship’s company to show the versatility and flexibility of the ship to a wide range of
visitors. The event concluded with a
ceremonial sunset ceremony.
The salute was taken by Rear Admiral Alade, the British High Comissioner to Nigeria Dr Andrew Pocock and HMS Portland’s Commanding Officer, Commander Sarah West.
Dr Pocock said : “HMS Portland’s presence was a demonstration of continuing RN capability and deployability, which is a considerable boost to efforts to contribute regional security and stability”