shark bait wrote:And Echo has now replacing her, guess you'll see her coming you're way soon.
HMS Echo patrolled through Gib waters on 07/11 and I believe was spotted in Malta a few days later. Presumably had already been on station for a while prior to today's news.
HMS Enterprise departed Gib yesterday morning:
Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning was in Gibraltar to award the Sword of Peace to HMS Enterprise:
shark bait wrote:RN maintaining a patrol boat in the med, is that a taste of things to come with the new Rivers? I suppose if that's the case assigning one to Gib would make sense.
Believe Bulwark is homebound, having visited Barcelona last week, not sure if RFA Mounts Bay is going home too or being kept in the Med. A River OPV might be useful for Op Sophia and as a presence ship in Gib (but don't think will be as useful as fast patrol boats to tackle other small, fast boats), had the Batch II been an addition to and not a replacement for the Batch I - they'll probably be busier in UK waters post-Brexit and will also have annual 6-month stints in the Caribbean, so not sure there'll be enough to spare for long deployments to the Med or forward basing in Gib.
Presumably that would also have to entail a significant increase in RN personnel in Gib and likely the infrastructure to house them etc... £££££