Falklands : ALL SYSTEMS “GO” ON HMS GLOUCESTER
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 08.10.2010 (Article Archived on 22.10.2010)
Members of Legislative Assembly, Media, government departments and the private sector were invited to lunch and a tour of HMS Gloucester on Wednesday, 06 October 2010.
ALL SYSTEMS “GO” ON HMS GLOUCESTER
By J. Brock (FINN)
Members of Legislative Assembly, Media, government departments and the private sector were invited to lunch and a tour of HMS Gloucester on Wednesday, 06 October 2010. FIC launches took the guests to the ship, where they were met by the Executive Officer, LCDR James Stride, who conducted a tour of the ship after an initial briefing.
Over coffee the guests learned about the operation and role of HMS Gloucester introduced by CDR David George RN, the ship’s Captain. A power-point presentation demonstrated how the ship was used for humanitarian issues as well as detecting and boarding drugs smuggling ships.
The tour included a visit to the ops room in the centre of the ship, where communications equipment was demonstrated and explained, the bridge and the helicopter hanger where the ship’s Lynx was used as a static display.
Lunch, consisting of curry and beef dishes and dessert was then served in the wardroom, where guests were able to chat with officers about their various roles on ship. While here it is expected that HMS Gloucester will visit the outer islands and South Georgia.
“Now that you have seen what we can do, I want you to think about how it can be used for the Falklands,” said CDR George.