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Frigate's crew declared ready for war

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

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The crew of a Plymouth-based frigate have proved they are ready for action after completing an arduous eight-week period of sea training off the South West coast.

HMS Argyll's company tackled scenarios such as fires, floods and severe battle damage which tested their response to evolving situations under extreme pressure and fatigue.

Commander Tim Neild, Argyll's commanding officer, said: "My ship's crew had stepped up to the mark.

"My company have been fantastic.

"They responded really well to the training and ensuring that we met all of the challenges head-on and won through.

"The diversity and complexity of the scenarios and multitude of issues the ship is faced with during sea training is hugely relevant and very realistic and Argyll has completed them with her customary enthusiasm and professional attitude."

The training included a realistic exercise replicating the conditions of a potentially catastrophic fire in the engine room.

Leading Steward John Wicking said the crew passed with flying colours.

"The ship's company were really nervous about the main machinery space fire exercise.

"Thanks to the determined efforts of the team, I breathed a sigh of relief when we were told we had passed first time."

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