HMS Somerset ready for Operation Joint Warrior
ROYAL Navy frigate HMS Somerset is ready to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior.
The ship, whose crew has the Freedom of Wells, will join other Royal Navy units, foreign warships, as well as air and land forces for the two-week exercise ,which will see them based around the North-West of Scotland.
Somerset is mission-capable and raring to go having only recently completed an intensive period of Directed Continuation Training provided by Flag Officer Sea Training.
Although this training was undertaken off the south coast of England, the Ship was operating as if deployed on a global operation.
All aspects of Somerset's capabilities were tested during simulated war fighting, through the execution of boarding operations and by practising the more benign but equally important roles a modern warship has the versatility to undertake globally.
Immediately prior to the exercise, Somerset undertook Noise Ranging in Loch Goil and Loch Fyne.
As an Anti-Submarine Warfare focused frigate it is important the ship is as quiet as possible to avoid detection by submarines fitted with sonar systems.
The time spent in these two picturesque Lochs was not wasted on the Ship's Company, many of whom had not experienced Scottish scenery before.
Joint Warrior will offer additional training for Somerset's Ship's Company, with particular focus on working closely with other NATO Ships within an international Task Group.
Commanding Officer, Commander Mike Smith Royal Navy said: "For HMS Somerset Joint Warrior is the final part of ten months worth of training and broader preparation for global operations.