Portsmouth-based warship crew builds relations with Namibia

The two football teams, including one from HMS Iron Duke pose for a photograph after their match
The two football teams, including one from HMS Iron Duke pose for a photograph after their match
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PORTSMOUTH-based warship HMS Iron Duke has been building relations with Namibia during her tour down the African coast.

The four-day visit to the Namibian port of Walvis Bay included a busy programme of friendship-building, capability demonstrations and sports.

The ship’s company saw wins and losses when it met the Namibian Navy for games of rugby and football at the Jan Wilken stadium.

The ship’s football team saw a much-needed 3-2 score in their favour having suffered two losses previously.

Sub Lieutenant Dan Robbins, the ship’s meteorological officer, said: ‘It was a tough-fought match with much effort, blood, sweat and tears, as well as a great deal of banter from both 
teams.’

The rugby team was not so fortunate with the local side drafting in players from Swakopmund, some of whom have played for UK premiership rugby teams.

Despite the loss the match was followed up with the Iron Duke team presenting a signed painting of the ship to the Walvis Bay team.

The ship’s company was given Walvis Bay RFC playing tops in return.

The sailors were also able to enjoy cycling, quad biking and dune boarding while building on relations there.

HMS Iron Duke has been tasked with Atlantic patrol since June, and will maintain Royal Navy presence in the Atlantic for the time 
being.