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Sailors leave their marks

Leading Seaman Robert 'Sally' Gunnell next to the commemoratively decorated door with students from the Sabu International School, Conakry, Guinea

Leading Seaman Robert 'Sally' Gunnell next to the commemoratively decorated door with students from the Sabu International School, Conakry, Guinea

SAILORS have left their mark on the people of an African nation after becoming the first to visit in 15 years.

Over the course of three days, servicemen and women on board Portsmouth-based HMS Iron Duke lent a hand to villagers delivering fresh water and renovating a school.

The Type 23 frigate is deployed across the Atlantic where she will be visiting various far-flung destinations in all seasons in both northern and southern hemispheres – taking in summer and winter in the space of three months.

Iron Duke had been working with the Guinean and French navies to bolster security in the waters off West Africa.

Commander Tom Tredray is the commanding officer of HMS Iron Duke.

He said: ‘My ship and her company welcomed the opportunity to work with the Guinean and French navies to improve security and stability in the waters off West Africa.’

During their visit to the nation, sailors visited the Sabu International School in Conakry, Guinea.

The school required a lot of refurbishing and the sailors cleaned, repaired and painted classrooms and also built a number of bookshelves.

 

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