Portsmouth HMS Mersey shares key fighting tipes with Belize’s defence teams

Sailors from HMS Mersey in Belize
Sailors from HMS Mersey in Belize
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SAILORS from a Portsmouth Royal Navy patrol ship have been passing on tips to Belize’s coast guard and defence force.

HMS Mersey spent a few days just off Belize City – gateway to the country’s unspoilt cays and mangrove forests as well as the world’s second-biggest barrier reef.

Specialists from the ship’s company helped the Belizeans work on areas including seamanship, navigation and boarding operations.

Gunnery Officer Lieutenant Will Dewing said: ‘It was a great opportunity for us to share ideas and develop a better understanding of how the other nation operates.’

Mersey left her home base of Portsmouth in January and is tackling counter-narcotics operations across the Caribbean.