Warship comes to the rescue of remote outpost

An exercise involving Hampshire emergency services has been held on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at HMNB Portsmouth.  Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Portsmouth Naval Bases Emergency Response Team (ERT) were put through their paces on board the Royal Navys brand new aircraft carrier.  The ship put together a realistic harbour fire exercise with training smoke and mock casualties to test their agencies in their response and in working together to combat an emergency on an extremely unfamiliar environment.

IN PICTURES: The first major emergency training exercise on HMS Queen Elizabeth

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ROYAL Navy warship HMS Dauntless dashed 2,000 miles to take a doctor to one of the world’s most remote islands.

The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer came to the rescue after an emergency call from the tiny British outpost of Tristan Da Cunha, which has a population of just 300.

The resident medic had fallen ill so Dauntless collected a replacement from South Africa and steamed south.

On arrival, the ship’s own doctor, Surgeon Lieutenant Laura Speirs, went ashore to aid her civilian counterpart who’d had a suspected heart attack.

Captain Will Warrender said: ‘It’s exactly the type of task we are in the South Atlantic to do.’