HMS WESTMINSTER welcomed the UK ambassador to Oman, Jamie Bowden and the chief of staff to the United Kingdom Maritime Component Command Bahrain Capt Robert Bellfield, to show off the ship’s capabilities.
The ship is stationed in the Gulf to counter piracy and the illegal narcotics trade. The ambassador and staff from the UK Embassy were shown an air defence scenario, and a demonstration from the ship’s fire fighting teams. They were also invited to steer the 4,500-tonne warship, and watched presentations from sea boats and a Lynx helicopter.
Commanding Officer Captain Hugh Beard said: ‘It was a privilege to host the Muscat Embassy staff and say thanks for the support they have provided to Royal Navy warships in the 40 years we have been operating in this region.’
‘It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and we learnt a great deal from our guests about the country and the region.
HMS Westminster is patrolling the Gulf again and will return to Portsmouth in February.