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GOVERNOR PRAISES COMMANDOS' “OUTSTANDING” EFFORTS TO HELP VIRGIN ISLANDERS  The governor of the British Virgin Islands has thanked Royal Marines for their 'outstanding' help - and for standing by islanders in one of their darkest hours.  As Hurricane Maria – the second storm to batter the island chain in a fortnight – subsided, Gus Jaspert visited the police station in Road Town, Tortola, which has served as the command post for the relief effort spearheaded by 40 Commando.  The men and women of the Lead Commando Group have concentrated their efforts on Tortola, the most populous island in the chain. They have also been on the ground in the outlying isles such as Jost van Dyke and Virgin Gorda, supporting local officials by distributing emergency supplies (food and shelters), patching up buildings, clearing roads and providing security in the face of looting.  Even as the tail-end of Maria continued to lash Tortola with heavy rain and strong winds, the commandos were clearing streets of mud and debris and handing out supplies to locals.  A team of Royal Engineers from 59 Commando Squadron helped the islands' electricity corporation restore power cables destroyed in the high winds.  Cpl Rory Barker and his team of engineering specialists helped to salvage undamaged material and re-erect the wooden pylons of the electric grid system.  Taking their lead from local engineer Taryll 'Zulu' Desouza, the commandos used a circular cutting saw to remove specific parts of the communication structure.
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Picture shows BVI Governor Gus Jaspert, 21 September 2017.  Mr Gus Jaspert, the Governor of the British Virgin Islands has visited the hub of commando activity, Road Town Police Station, on the island of Tortola to discuss the plans and guidance he has for the Lead Commando Group (LCG).  He started with a statement of thanks to the multiple organisations that have assisted the British Virgin Islands in the past two weeks.  He said, "First and foremost I’d like to thank you all. The efforts of the BVI police force combined with the UK military and UK, Cayman Island and Bermuda police forces has been outstanding." Mr Jaspert described how the security work in assisting the government and police force across the British Virgin Islands had ensured the territory was in a strong place to rebuild. He continued, “The islands are now able to get back on their feet, security is restored and the process of reconstruction for the long term can start. The fact that all of these forces remained on the island and endured Maria with the rest of the people is testament to your commitment. It allowed for security to be immediately maintained and for relief efforts to restart instantly. After discussions with all the organisation leads, including Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard, CO 40 Commando, Mr Jaspert said, "We are now in a good place for the BVI government, with the help of the UK, to rebuild this territory to something even greater than it was before. You have helped facilitate that."
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Picture shows BVI Governor Gus Jaspert (centre left) in discussion with Lt Col Paul Maynard, CO 40 Commndo (centre right), Major Tom Quinn, OC Alpha Company (right) and Superintendent Alexis Charles, BVI Police Relief Commander (left), 21 September 2017.  Mr Gus Jaspert, the Governor of the British Virgin Islands has visited the hub of commando activity, Road Town Police Station, on the island of Tortola to discuss the plans and guidance he has for the Lead Commando Group (LCG).  He started with a statement of thanks to the multiple organisations that have assisted the British Virgin Islands in the past two weeks.  He said, "First and foremost I’d like to thank you all. The efforts of the BVI police force combined with the UK military and UK, Cayman Island and Bermuda police forces has been outstanding." Mr Jaspert described how the security work in assisting the government and police force across the British Virgin Islands had ensured the territory was in a strong place to rebuild. He continued, “The islands are now able to get back on their feet, security is restored and the process of reconstruction for the long term can start. The fact that all of these forces remained on the island and endured Maria with the rest of the people is testament to your commitment. It allowed for security to be immediately maintained and for relief efforts to restart instantly. After discussions with all the organisation leads, including Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard, CO 40 Commando, Mr Jaspert said, "We are now in a good place for the BVI government, with the help of the UK, to rebuild this territory to something even greater than it was before. You have helped facilitate that."
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Picture shows BVI Governor Gus Jaspert (left) in discussion with Lt Col Paul Maynard, CO 40 Commndo (centre), and Major Tom Quinn, OC Alpha Company (right), 21 September 2017.  Mr Gus Jaspert, the Governor of the British Virgin Islands has visited the hub of commando activity, Road Town Police Station, on the island of Tortola to discuss the plans and guidance he has for the Lead Commando Group (LCG).  He started with a statement of thanks to the multiple organisations that have assisted the British Virgin Islands in the past two weeks.  He said, "First and foremost I’d like to thank you all. The efforts of the BVI police force combined with the UK military and UK, Cayman Island and Bermuda police forces has been outstanding." Mr Jaspert described how the security work in assisting the government and police force across the British Virgin Islands had ensured the territory was in a strong place to rebuild. He continued, “The islands are now able to get back on their feet, security is restored and the process of reconstruction for the long term can start. The fact that all of these forces remained on the island and endured Maria with the rest of the people is testament to your commitment. It allowed for security to be immediately maintained and for relief efforts to restart instantly. After discussions with all the organisation leads, including Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard, CO 40 Commando, Mr Jaspert said, "We are now in a good place for the BVI government, with the help of the UK, to rebuild this territory to something even greater than it was before. You have helped facilitate that."
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Picture shows Doctor Nick Gent, Public Health England shaking hands with a member of 40 Commando after discussing movement plans for his team around the island. 21 September 2017.  Doctor Nick Gent, a Senior Medical Specialist from Public Health England (PHE) has explained the crucial relationship between his organisation and the military during the disaster relief operation following hurricane Irma and Maria.  With fourteen years’ experience in the public health sector and deployments to Sierra Leone, the Balkans and Philippines, Dr. Gent is an expert in his field. His three man team deployed to the British Virgin Islands almost two weeks ago in a major incident response capacity to provide professional advice to assist the civil authorities and chief medical and environmental health officers within the government. Their assessments are driving the priorities for public health including the control of vectors that carry disease, mosquitos for example.  Dr Gent described how the support from the UK military has assisted his team from administration and transport to providing vital ground truths for military medics.  He said, “My team has been reliant on military support from the outset. They have moved us, provided security for us, fed us and assisted us where ever they could. They have bent over backwards because they understand the importance of our work”.  The consultant grade doctor explained how military assistance sped up their response time lines and allowed follow on, Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) led operations to endure. He continued, “Working with the military has brought us 6 weeks ahead in real time. I could not foresee a rapid reaction operation on this scale working without their help. Working alongside the military is the only way to do this”.  The Lead Commando Group (LCG), in the shape of 40 Commando Royal Marines, was the military force first on the ground with reach across the hurricane torn islands.  The relationship Dr Gent has built with the unit’s deployed medical team has added additional value to the relief effort. Working closely with Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Andy Matheson, the unit’s medical officer, and Cpl Naomi Benson, the Environmental Health Technician, has provided Dr Gent with a rich source of information.  Dr Gent said, “The direct observation from the deployed Royal Marine medical teams has been extremely helpful. Having the teams deploying to the remote islands of Anegada and Jost Van Dyke really aided us in our health care assessment”.
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Picture shows Doctor Nick Gent, Public Health England, 21 September 2017.  Doctor Nick Gent, a Senior Medical Specialist from Public Health England (PHE) has explained the crucial relationship between his organisation and the military during the disaster relief operation following hurricane Irma and Maria.  With fourteen years’ experience in the public health sector and deployments to Sierra Leone, the Balkans and Philippines, Dr. Gent is an expert in his field. His three man team deployed to the British Virgin Islands almost two weeks ago in a major incident response capacity to provide professional advice to assist the civil authorities and chief medical and environmental health officers within the government. Their assessments are driving the priorities for public health including the control of vectors that carry disease, mosquitos for example.  Dr Gent described how the support from the UK military has assisted his team from administration and transport to providing vital ground truths for military medics.  He said, “My team has been reliant on military support from the outset. They have moved us, provided security for us, fed us and assisted us where ever they could. They have bent over backwards because they understand the importance of our work”.  The consultant grade doctor explained how military assistance sped up their response time lines and allowed follow on, Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) led operations to endure. He continued, “Working with the military has brought us 6 weeks ahead in real time. I could not foresee a rapid reaction operation on this scale working without their help. Working alongside the military is the only way to do this”.  The Lead Commando Group (LCG), in the shape of 40 Commando Royal Marines, was the military force first on the ground with reach across the hurricane torn islands.  The relationship Dr Gent has built with the unit’s deployed medical team has added additional value to the relief effort. Working closely with Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Andy Matheson, the unit’s medical officer, and Cpl Naomi Benson, the Environmental Health Technician, has provided Dr Gent with a rich source of information.  Dr Gent said, “The direct observation from the deployed Royal Marine medical teams has been extremely helpful. Having the teams deploying to the remote islands of Anegada and Jost Van Dyke really aided us in our health care assessment”.
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Picture shows Inspector Sally Hatfield (left) in discussion with Governor Gus Jaspert (centre left), Lt Col Paul Maynard, CO 40 Commando (centre right) and Superintendent Alexis Charles (right), 21 September 2017.  Mr Gus Jaspert, the Governor of the British Virgin Islands has visited the hub of commando activity, Road Town Police Station, on the island of Tortola to discuss the plans and guidance he has for the Lead Commando Group (LCG).  He started with a statement of thanks to the multiple organisations that have assisted the British Virgin Islands in the past two weeks.  He said, "First and foremost I’d like to thank you all. The efforts of the BVI police force combined with the UK military and UK, Cayman Island and Bermuda police forces has been outstanding." Mr Jaspert described how the security work in assisting the government and police force across the British Virgin Islands had ensured the territory was in a strong place to rebuild. He continued, “The islands are now able to get back on their feet, security is restored and the process of reconstruction for the long term can start. The fact that all of these forces remained on the island and endured Maria with the rest of the people is testament to your commitment. It allowed for security to be immediately maintained and for relief efforts to restart instantly. After discussions with all the organisation leads, including Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard, CO 40 Commando, Mr Jaspert said, "We are now in a good place for the BVI government, with the help of the UK, to rebuild this territory to something even greater than it was before. You have helped facilitate that."
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Picture shows BVI Governor Gus Jaspert (right) in discussion with Police Inspector Sally Hatfield (right), 21 September 2017.  Mr Gus Jaspert, the Governor of the British Virgin Islands has visited the hub of commando activity, Road Town Police Station, on the island of Tortola to discuss the plans and guidance he has for the Lead Commando Group (LCG).  He started with a statement of thanks to the multiple organisations that have assisted the British Virgin Islands in the past two weeks.  He said, "First and foremost I’d like to thank you all. The efforts of the BVI police force combined with the UK military and UK, Cayman Island and Bermuda police forces has been outstanding." Mr Jaspert described how the security work in assisting the government and police force across the British Virgin Islands had ensured the territory was in a strong place to rebuild. He continued, “The islands are now able to get back on their feet, security is restored and the process of reconstruction for the long term can start. The fact that all of these forces remained on the island and endured Maria with the rest of the people is testament to your commitment. It allowed for security to be immediately maintained and for relief efforts to restart instantly. After discussions with all the organisation leads, including Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard, CO 40 Commando, Mr Jaspert said, "We are now in a good place for the BVI government, with the help of the UK, to rebuild this territory to something even greater than it was before. You have helped facilitate that."
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Picture shows BVI Governor Gus Jaspert (centre) discussing plans over a map with CO 40 Commando, Lt Col Paul Maynard (right) and Mr Matthew Forbes, acting head of Government Office (left), 21 September 2017.  Mr Gus Jaspert, the Governor of the British Virgin Islands has visited the hub of commando activity, Road Town Police Station, on the island of Tortola to discuss the plans and guidance he has for the Lead Commando Group (LCG).  He started with a statement of thanks to the multiple organisations that have assisted the British Virgin Islands in the past two weeks.  He said, "First and foremost I’d like to thank you all. The efforts of the BVI police force combined with the UK military and UK, Cayman Island and Bermuda police forces has been outstanding." Mr Jaspert described how the security work in assisting the government and police force across the British Virgin Islands had ensured the territory was in a strong place to rebuild. He continued, “The islands are now able to get back on their feet, security is restored and the process of reconstruction for the long term can start. The fact that all of these forces remained on the island and endured Maria with the rest of the people is testament to your commitment. It allowed for security to be immediately maintained and for relief efforts to restart instantly. After discussions with all the organisation leads, including Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard, CO 40 Commando, Mr Jaspert said, "We are now in a good place for the BVI government, with the help of the UK, to rebuild this territory to something even greater than it was before. You have helped facilitate that."
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French Minehunter Makes Pit Stop at Portsmouth  FS Sagittaire and her forty-nine crew members sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base on Friday morning for a weekend pit stop before continuing with their duties in the North Sea.   Based in Brest, the home of the French navy, the FS Sagittaire is a tripartite class minehunter which was commissioned in 1996.  As a key NATO partner the ship will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior over the coming weeks and are looking forward to working with their partners on one of the largest military exercises of its kind in Europe.
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Pictured is Lieutenant Commander Jean-Bertrand Guyon.  FS Sagittaire and her forty-nine crew members sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base on Friday morning for a weekend pit stop before continuing with their duties in the North Sea.   Based in Brest, the home of the French navy, the FS Sagittaire is a tripartite class minehunter which was commissioned in 1996.  As a key NATO partner the ship will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior over the coming weeks and are looking forward to working with their partners on one of the largest military exercises of its kind in Europe.  Lt Cdr Jean-Bertrand Guyon, Commanding Officer of FS Sagittaire said:  “We are here for a short technical port visit in order to refuel after a week of mine hunting off the French coast and just before Joint Warrior.”  “We work quite often with the Royal Navy with the links being strengthened since the Lancaster Treaty. We work either with the Joint Expeditionary Force during Mine Hunting Operations or on various NATO exercises.”  Joint Warrior will run from October 1-12, providing NATO allies and partners with an opportunity to improve the tactics and procedures vital in today’s complex battlefield.  Thirty-five naval units from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US will take part in the exercise, supported by 11 rotary wing aircraft.  Consent held.
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Pictured is a French sailor on duty onboard FS Sagittaire.  FS Sagittaire and her forty-nine crew members sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base on Friday morning for a weekend pit stop before continuing with their duties in the North Sea.   Based in Brest, the home of the French navy, the FS Sagittaire is a tripartite class minehunter which was commissioned in 1996.  As a key NATO partner the ship will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior over the coming weeks and are looking forward to working with their partners on one of the largest military exercises of its kind in Europe.  Lt Cdr Jean-Bertrand Guyon, Commanding Officer of FS Sagittaire said:  “We are here for a short technical port visit in order to refuel after a week of mine hunting off the French coast and just before Joint Warrior.”  “We work quite often with the Royal Navy with the links being strengthened since the Lancaster Treaty. We work either with the Joint Expeditionary Force during Mine Hunting Operations or on various NATO exercises.”  Joint Warrior will run from October 1-12, providing NATO allies and partners with an opportunity to improve the tactics and procedures vital in today’s complex battlefield.  Thirty-five naval units from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US will take part in the exercise, supported by 11 rotary wing aircraft.
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FS Sagittaire and her forty-nine crew members sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base on Friday morning for a weekend pit stop before continuing with their duties in the North Sea.   Based in Brest, the home of the French navy, the FS Sagittaire is a tripartite class minehunter which was commissioned in 1996.  As a key NATO partner the ship will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior over the coming weeks and are looking forward to working with their partners on one of the largest military exercises of its kind in Europe.  Lt Cdr Jean-Bertrand Guyon, Commanding Officer of FS Sagittaire said:  “We are here for a short technical port visit in order to refuel after a week of mine hunting off the French coast and just before Joint Warrior.”  “We work quite often with the Royal Navy with the links being strengthened since the Lancaster Treaty. We work either with the Joint Expeditionary Force during Mine Hunting Operations or on various NATO exercises.”  Joint Warrior will run from October 1-12, providing NATO allies and partners with an opportunity to improve the tactics and procedures vital in today’s complex battlefield.  Thirty-five naval units from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US will take part in the exercise, supported by 11 rotary wing aircraft.
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Pictured is Lieutenant Commander Jean-Bertrand Guyon.  FS Sagittaire and her forty-nine crew members sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base on Friday morning for a weekend pit stop before continuing with their duties in the North Sea.   Based in Brest, the home of the French navy, the FS Sagittaire is a tripartite class minehunter which was commissioned in 1996.  As a key NATO partner the ship will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior over the coming weeks and are looking forward to working with their partners on one of the largest military exercises of its kind in Europe.  Lt Cdr Jean-Bertrand Guyon, Commanding Officer of FS Sagittaire said:  “We are here for a short technical port visit in order to refuel after a week of mine hunting off the French coast and just before Joint Warrior.”  “We work quite often with the Royal Navy with the links being strengthened since the Lancaster Treaty. We work either with the Joint Expeditionary Force during Mine Hunting Operations or on various NATO exercises.”  Joint Warrior will run from October 1-12, providing NATO allies and partners with an opportunity to improve the tactics and procedures vital in today’s complex battlefield.  Thirty-five naval units from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US will take part in the exercise, supported by 11 rotary wing aircraft.  Consent held.
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FS Sagittaire and her forty-nine crew members sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base on Friday morning for a weekend pit stop before continuing with their duties in the North Sea.   Based in Brest, the home of the French navy, the FS Sagittaire is a tripartite class minehunter which was commissioned in 1996.  As a key NATO partner the ship will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior over the coming weeks and are looking forward to working with their partners on one of the largest military exercises of its kind in Europe.  Lt Cdr Jean-Bertrand Guyon, Commanding Officer of FS Sagittaire said:  “We are here for a short technical port visit in order to refuel after a week of mine hunting off the French coast and just before Joint Warrior.”  “We work quite often with the Royal Navy with the links being strengthened since the Lancaster Treaty. We work either with the Joint Expeditionary Force during Mine Hunting Operations or on various NATO exercises.”  Joint Warrior will run from October 1-12, providing NATO allies and partners with an opportunity to improve the tactics and procedures vital in today’s complex battlefield.  Thirty-five naval units from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US will take part in the exercise, supported by 11 rotary wing aircraft.
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Bournemouth Air Festival  Royal Marines at the Bournemouth Air Festival demonstrating a beach attack on the enemy.  Today 01 Sept 17  is the 10th Bournemouth Air Festival and we’re incredibly proud to have entertained more than 8.5million people since 2008!  Consent held at FRPU (E)
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Blind Veterans came to HMS Sultan  Today 10 Aug 17 the blind veterans from across the UK gathered at HMS Sultan, Hampshire naval engineering establishment as part of a week packed full of challenging and exciting activities designed to encourage them to make the most of life.   Andy Salter, the organising secretary for the Camp added, “The ethos of Blind Veterans promotes independence and getting people back together in a military environment. I’m sure there’s language here that they haven’t used in their own homes for some years! They just look forward to this week and coming back here.
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ROYAL NAVY DINGHY SAILORS  RECORD-BREAKING ADVENTURE CONFIRMED   A Royal Navy dinghy crew has been officially recognised for an amazing long-distance sailing double by breaking their own world record.  The Royal Navy sailor and a Ministry of Defence employee, both from Plymouth, were presented with their Guinness World Record certificates at a ceremony today (Thursday).  Leading Seaman Philip Slade and Mark Belamarich took the record by sailing in adverse wind, tide and weather conditions and despite capsizing on the west coast of England.   The pair achieved the longest distance sailed in a double-handed dinghy - 613.93km (381.48mi; 331.5nm), completed between 8 and 12 May 2017. This was achieved less than 12 months after they set their first record in a cramped 14-foot Bosun dinghy used by the Royal Navy for adventure training.
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Rear Admiral Ben Clink Presentation.  Today 21 September 2017 Rear Admiral John Robert Hamilton Clink, CBE  Flag Officer Sea Training presented Civilian Mark Belamarich and Leading Seaman Phil Slade, World Record Certificate for sailing a two handed Dinghy, 613.93km.  The record was achieved between 8th - 12th May 2017. Rear Admiral Clink presented the award at Plymouth Armed Forces Careers Office.
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Rear Admiral Ben Clink Presentation.  Today 21 September 2017 Rear Admiral John Robert Hamilton Clink, CBE  Flag Officer Sea Training presented Civilian Mark Belamarich and Leading Seaman Phil Slade, World Record Certificate for sailing a two handed Dinghy, 613.93km.  The record was achieved between 8th - 12th May 2017. Rear Admiral Clink presented the award at Plymouth Armed Forces Careers Office.
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Rear Admiral Ben Clink presents Leading Seaman Phil Slade with his World Record Certification.  Today 21 September 2017 Rear Admiral John Robert Hamilton Clink, CBE  Flag Officer Sea Training presented Civilian Mark Belamarich and Leading Seaman Phil Slade, World Record Certificate for sailing a two handed Dinghy, 613.93km.  The record was achieved between 8th - 12th May 2017. Rear Admiral Clink presented the award at Plymouth Armed Forces Careers Office.
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Rear Admiral Ben Clink presents Mark Belamarich with his World Record Certification.  Today 21 September 2017 Rear Admiral John Robert Hamilton Clink, CBE  Flag Officer Sea Training presented Civilian Mark Belamarich and Leading Seaman Phil Slade, World Record Certificate for sailing a two handed Dinghy, 613.93km.  The record was achieved between 8th - 12th May 2017. Rear Admiral Clink presented the award at Plymouth Armed Forces Careers Office.
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ROYAL MARINES BEGIN CLEAR-UP IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE MARIA  Royal Marines were clearing the streets of the British Virgin Islands while the tail-end of Hurricane Maria still battered them.  As soon as it was safe to leave their shelters where they hunkered down as winds of 60mph hammered the British Overseas Territory yesterday, the men of 40 Commando got stuck into the clear-up operation.  With heavy rain and driving winds through the night it was crucial that remote and main routes on the central island of Tortola were cleared of debris and unblocked if flooded.  The commandos also needed to find out how the latest storm had affected the local populace so aid could be distributed where it was needed most.  Assault engineers, armed with shovels, chainsaws or simple brute strength, and members of 40 Commando's intelligence section were deployed to scour the length and breadth of Tortola.  The assault engineers, who have been worked relentlessly over the past ten days, began clearing the roads of the remnants of houses and unblocking drains of earth and branches. Many slopes had suffered landslides overnight and made routes impassable.
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HMS DIAMOND GUARDS THE MEDITERRANEAN AFTER TAKING COMMAND OF NATO TASK GROUP  Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond is now the Royal Navy's guardian of the Mediterranean having taken charge of a major NATO task force.  Diamond has assumed the role of flagship for a group of up to 14 warships from NATO countries that will operate in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.  The task group has three main roles - remain the high readiness force to react first in the event of a military or humanitarian crisis, deter illegal migration into Europe, and conduct engagement and exercise programmes with the UK's NATO allies and partners to grow our ability to work together.  The Portsmouth-based warship relieves sister ship HMS Duncan, another Type 45 destroyer which has held the role of NATO flagship since June. Duncan handed over her flagship duties to Diamond when the two destroyers met up in Bar, Montenegro at the weekend. Diamond left Montenegro today.  Commander Ben Keith, the Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond, said: "It is an enormous privilege to take over as flagship to a task group which is so important to the security of the UK and our NATO allies.
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2017 CARILLION INTERSERVICES ROAD RACE  On 20th Sept 2017, the interservices road race took place in Hatherleigh, just outside Oakhampton on Dartmoor. The race involved members across the tri service, Royal Navy, British Army and The Royal Air Force.  The event was broken down into mens and female catagories with the mens race involving a 7 lap, 54 Mile road race. The females 39 miles split into 5 laps.   Prises were awarded for 1st to 10th place by Rear Admiral Paul Bennett CB OBE RN, including the best team. The British army were the victors in both mens and female catagories with the Armies Mark Robertson winning for the men. No single female won the females category as the 7 team members chose to cross the finish in extended line.
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