NOTHING tests a ship’s company’s navigational skills like a replenishment at sea.
So sailors on board HMS Iron Duke were put through their paces recently while on exercise with the French and Guinean navies off the coast of West Africa.
The Portsmouth-based frigate carried out a replenishment at sea routine with RFA Black Rover and French Naval Ship Commandant Blaison during the exercises.
HMS Iron Duke is currently deployed across the Atlantic where she will be visiting various far-flung destinations in all seasons in both northern and southern hemispheres - enjoying summer and winter in the space of three months.
Commander Tom Tredray, the commanding officer of Iron Duke, said: ‘My ship and her company welcomed the opportunity to work with the Guinean and French navies.’