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Task force captures hostile ship during exercise off South West coast

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

The power and the professionalism of the task force in action impresses members of the British Armed Forces and international students

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Military leaders of the future have been shown the Royal Naval's amphibious power during a demonstration off the South West coast.

The Plymouth-based command and control landing ship, HMS Bulwark, exercised off Devon and Cornwall with Royal Marines in fast boats and landing craft.

Helicopters of the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm added an aerial dimension to realistic dynamic scenarios based on current worldwide operations.

In front of students from the British Armed Forces, as well as those from as far afield as China, Afghanistan and Brazil, the small task force enacted the interception and boarding of a "suspect" hostile vessel.

It was followed by demonstrations of simulated battle damage repair, live naval gunfire and the demanding practice of refuelling between ships at sea while on the move.

Captain Andrew Burns, commanding officer of HMS Bulwark, said: "This has provided a good opportunity to show other services and international students what we can do. Many of the UK officers from the other services would not have been to sea before.

"It's a fantastic chance to build good relations with other nations who may be working with us in the future.

"We are showing the flexibility of the rapid force task group which could be on contingency tasking anywhere across the globe. We will be exercising this capability later this year on Exercise Cougar 2013 in the Mediterranean and East of Suez."

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