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Governor’s ship sails from UK

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel tasked with ferrying the new Governor to Gibraltar sailed from Southampton bound for the Mediterranean.

RFA Mounts Bay will provide a continuous amphibious capability in the Mediterranean over coming months.

But one of her first jobs will be to bring Gibraltar’s new Governor and Commander in Chief, Lieutenant General Edward Grant Martin Davis, to Gibraltar next Tuesday.

The Governor and his wife Lorraine are expected to board the vessel en route to Gibraltar.

After they are dropped off at HM Naval Base next week, RFA Mounts Bay will proceed into the Mediterranean to begin its full operational tasking.

The Bay Class Landing Ship is perfectly suited for such a deployment with access to a flight deck, vehicle deck, wet dock, container storage, medical facilities and accommodation for over 300 embarked forces.

The 16,000 tonne vessel left her home port of Falmouth last week before travelling to Marchwood, Southampton, to load up vehicles, boats, personnel and stores through the ship’s vast 1,200 m² vehicle deck.

Before sailing, Mounts Bay was visited by Rear Admiral Graeme Mackay, Director Carrier Strike, who spoke to the ship’s company and embarked forces and passed on the best wishes of the First Sea Lord.

Second Officer Mark Martin, the ship’s communications officer, said: “We are deploying with a sufficient amount of equipment and personnel to enable us to respond to a broad range of operational demands during this deployment.”

“Once we are in the Mediterranean we will also embark a Wildcat helicopter from 825 Naval Air Squadron which means we will be able to start conducting aviation exercises with partners.”

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