AMID a busy training schedule, sailors on HMS Iron Duke have taken some time to welcome their US counterparts.
The Portsmouth-based ship hosted the US Navy’s Vice-Admiral James Foggo as well as sailors from the USS Jason Dunham.
I value greatly the contribution that HMS Iron Duke is making to Baltops and wider NATO interoperabilityVice-Adml James Foggo
Currently deployed in the Baltic Sea with Royal Navy Flagship HMS Ocean and the minehunter HMS Quorn, Iron Duke is part of a large Nato task group involved in a large-scale exercise called Baltops.
Vice-Adml Foggo said: ‘I value greatly the contribution that HMS Iron Duke is making to Baltops and wider NATO interoperability.’
While on board, he presented one of Iron Duke’s sailors with a Long Service and Good Conduct (LSGC) medal.
The LSGC is awarded to a sailor after completing 15 years of unblemished service.
Leading Seaman Justin ‘Tug’ Wilson received the award in the commanding officer’s cabin.
He said: ‘Receiving the LSGC was a real buzz for me, and knowing that it recognises the time I have served makes it mean that much more. To get presented by a three-star admiral made it even more special.’
Taking to the sky in one of HMS Ocean’s helicopters Lieutenant Commander Chris Hammond took a series of photos of the group working together.
He said: ‘The weather was fantastic and I just hope I did the Task Group justice.’