Mid-way through her 8-month deployment to the Middle East, HMS Northumberland conducted a port visit to the home of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)in Bahrain. The visit, on the 11-13th of February 2013 was first port call in Bahrain during this deployment for the Devonport-based Type 23 Frigate.
The port visit involved a number of events including an official visit from UKMCC Commodore Simon Ancona Royal Navy who is Deputy Commander of the 27 nation CMF. HMS Northumberland is currently providing direct support to Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 one of the three task Forces making up the CMF organisation. CTF152 conducts maritime security patrols to help ensure the stability and security of the Gulf waterways.
Commodore Ancona was pleased to invite onboard Brigadier General Ahmed Khalifa Salman Al Khalifa, Commander Royal Bahrain Naval Force who is an important regional partner to the RN and a major supporter of the work undertaken by CMF. Commodore Ancona said of the visit: “HMS Northumberland has come alongside fresh from providing valuable and direct support to CMF. She is operating in a challenging environment and it’s obvious the Ship’s Company have risen to the challenge.”
HMS Northumberland’s Ship’s Company are back at sea conducting operations in support of CMF ahead of the upcoming Naval Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In order to demonstrate the ship’s capability and systems to both regional and global partners which produced a steady stream of visitors keen to see one of CMF assets currently deployed to the region.