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Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme *CANCELLED*

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Summer Sabin (Left) spots her father on HMS Defender with her mum Sarah Sabin as HMS Defender returns home to Portsmouth.

A ROYAL Navy Destroyer was deployed to Scottish waters at short notice prior to Christmas in order to intercept and escort a number of Russian warships during their passage past the coast of the UK.

HMS Defender, one of the UK’s newest and most powerful T45 Destroyers, began her 700 mile journey from Portsmouth to the North East of Scotland on 19th December in her role as Fleet Ready Escort. Trained and prepared as the Royal Navy’s high readiness warship, Defender was standing by over the Christmas and New Year period to respond to a wide range of short notice tasking, from search and rescue duties to maritime security patrols such as this.

Defender patrolled home waters in high sea states and storm force winds to welcome the Russian task group which comprised of 6 vessels, including a 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier.  Due to bad weather the Russian fleet anchored in the Moray Firth before heading down the East coast of the UK. As a sign of the friendship between the 2 navies, good will messages were exchanged between the Royal Navy and Russian ships on New Year’s Eve.

Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme *CANCELLED*

The Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFBS) were planning to visit the Phoenix Community Centre in Portsmouth on Tuesday 26 July from 1330-1430, however this visit has now unfortunately been cancelled.

For further details please ring Maureen Gerrard on 02392 696122 or Julie Whittingham on 07802918521.