Navy stays sharp in the Solent

TRAINING HMS Severn and a Lynx helicopter in the Solent. Picture: LA(Phot) Chris Mumby
TRAINING HMS Severn and a Lynx helicopter in the Solent. Picture: LA(Phot) Chris Mumby
British military dog Mali who has received the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross with his current handler Corporal Daniel Hatley

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TWO of the Royal Navy’s fishery protection vessels have been practising high-speed manoeuvres and live-firing skills as part of an annual exercise in The Solent.

HMS Mersey and HMS Severn paused their operational duties for several days to take on the rare opportunity of working together for a programme of training, holding conferences and hosting visitors.

For their sea day, the ships’ companies demonstrated their navigational skills with a series of co-ordinated complex manoeuvres.

Lieutenant Commander Sarah Oakley, commanding officer of HMS Mersey, said: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for the squadron to get together and demonstrate our capabilities.’