HMS Somerset to set sail for Exercise Joint Warrior
ROYAL Navy frigate HMS Somerset is ready in all respects to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior.
The Ship will join other Royal Navy units, foreign warships, as well as air and land forces for the two week exercise based around North-West 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.
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All aspects of Somerset’s capabilities were tested during simulated war fighting, through the execution of boarding operations and by practicing the more benign but equally as 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.
"After Joint Warrior Somerset will be truly ready to deliver success on operations whenever required, wherever needed, whatever the mission."
HMS Somerset completed a £20 million refit during 2012.
Enhancements to the Ship’s primary missile system and significantly improvements to Operations Room functionality made HMS Somerset more versatile and agile.
Installation of an innovative electronic communications system and substantial Galley improvements also improved life at sea for crew.
HMS Somerset (F82) is a Type 23 Frigate. She is optimized for Anti-Submarine Warfare, but also has an armament of Sea Wolf and Harpoon Missiles, alongside 4.5 inch and 30mm guns, making her capable of tackling a variety of missions.
Somerset has an embarked Lynx Mk8 helicopter. The Ship is powered by electric motors to make her quiet or gas turbines to allow rapid transit to wherever she is needed.
The crew of 185 men and women are trained, motivated and proud to serve on the West Country’s favourite warship.