The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

HMS SEVERN, the first Royal Navy River Class Off­shore Pa­trol Ves­sel to de­ploy to the Caribbean to con­duct At­lantic Pa­trol Task­ing (North), will con­tinue her Wider Re­gional En­gage­ment pro­gramme in the area by vis­it­ing Castries, St Lu­cia be­tween 26 and 28 Jan­uary 2015.

Dur­ing the visit, HMS SEVERN’s Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Lt Cdr Steven Ban­field RN, will con­duct of­fi­cial calls on the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, the Res­i­dent Bri­tish Com­mis­sioner and Po­lice Com­mis­sioner to dis­cuss cur­rent af­fairs and re-af­firm the UK and the Royal Navy’s links with the is­land.

The short but busy pe­riod will have HMS SEVERN em­bark­ing a num­ber of school chil­dren for guided tours of the ship, show­cas­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties with the Royal Navy for young peo­ple. Mem­bers of the 35-strong ship’s company will also be work­ing in the lo­cal com­mu­nity by help­ing to re-paint the St Lu­cia Blind Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion build­ing in Castries and will play lo­cal teams in an or­gan­ised rugby 7s tour­na­ment and in a 7-a-side foot­ball match against Lancers Foot­ball Club. The ship will also host a re­cep­tion and ca­pa­bil­ity demon­stra­tion for lo­cal dig­ni­taries where guests will be given the op­por­tu­nity to tour the ship and gain bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of a River Class Off­shore Pa­trol Ves­sel.

This is the first time that HMS SEVERN, one of three River Class Off­shore Pa­trol Ves­sels which nor­mally pa­trol UK coastal wa­ters, has de­ployed to the Caribbean. Whilst de­ployed she will un­der­take At­lantic Pa­trol Task­ing (North), a UK Na­tional Se­cu­rity Task which pro­vides se­cu­rity for UK Over­seas Ter­ri­to­ries in the Caribbean. HMS SEVERN will pro­vide a vis­i­ble pres­ence in the re­gion aim­ing to re­as­sure lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties of the Royal Navy’s and Her Majesty’s Gov­ern­ment’s con­tin­ued fo­cus to the area.

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