Sailors took a break from keeping the peace in the Indian Ocean to lend a hand at a Tanzanian orphanage.
The ship’s company of Portsmouth-based HMS Richmond visited Dar es Salaam in the African nation.
Between taking on supplies and hosting dignitaries, a number of the sailors volunteered to help out at the Kids Care Orphanage.
The visit was led by Sub Lieutenant Jo Peacock, who said: ‘We provided basic medical care, and helped to repair orphanage equipment, including their water pump and bicycles.
‘With medical and engineering expertise on board, it was rewarding to use these skills to help the children.’
HMS Richmond’s medical officer Surgeon Lieutenant Robert Woodward, who ran a clinic at the orphanage, added: ‘The most important part of the medical care we provided was education to staff and children about malaria and other diseases.
It was genuinely moving seeing what opportunities were being provided to the children by the orphanageLeading Physical Trainer Ollie Osborne
‘It’s this knowledge which will continue to make a difference after we have left.’
Meanwhile, Leading Physical Trainer Ollie Osborne helped clear a football pitch, and donated some sports equipment, including footballs and England shirts, for use by the orphanage.
LPT Osborne said: ‘It was genuinely moving seeing what opportunities were being provided to the children by the orphanage.
‘I hope that the pitch we helped clear, and the footballs provided, will encourage the kids to make team sport and the physical discipline that it brings an enjoyable part of their childhood.’
HMS Richmond is deployed to the Indian Ocean as part of Combined Maritime Forces Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150). The task force aims to promote maritime security in order to counter terrorist acts and related illegal activities.