Saturday 24 June 2017

Armed Forces Day

HMS Bulwark saves lives during Search and Rescue operations

 

Rescued migrants safely onboard HMS Bulwark in the Mediterranean. Defence Secretary praises Royal Navy efforts in the Mediterranean as HMS Bulwark conducts its largest rescue to date. Michael Fallon arrives on HMS Bulwark to visit Royal Navy personnel currently playing a leading role in the Search and Rescue mission, part of a wider EU effort to stem the flow of irregular/illegal migration across the Mediterranean On a visit to HMS Bulwark, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon praised efforts being made by the Royal Navy in the Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Mr Fallon’s visit came as HMS Bulwark was called to assist with its largest rescue operation since deploying last month, which has so far today seen over 1,000 migrants being rescued. This brings the total number of individuals rescued so far by HMS Bulwark to over 2,700. The latest callout saw the use of all eight of HMS Bulwark’s landing craft and amongst the migrants rescued are at least 10 pregnant women. These migrants are part of a wave of more than 3,000 that have recently left Libya in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean. HMS Bulwark and three Royal Navy Merlin Helicopters deployed on 5 May and have played a leading role in the Search and Rescue mission, part of a wider EU effort to stem the flow of irregular/illegal migration across the Mediterranean.
Rescued migrants safely onboard HMS Bulwark in the Mediterranean. 

Last week HMS Bulwark took part in its largest rescue operation to date when it rescued more than 1,000 migrants including at least 10 pregnant women.

HMS Bulwark and three Royal Navy Merlin Helicopters have played a leading role in working with other European nations to rescue the thousands of migrants being trafficked across the Mediterranean in an attempt to leave North Africa.

Last week HMS Bulwark took part in its largest rescue operation to date when it rescued more than 1,000 migrants including at least 10 pregnant women.

HMS Bulwark and three Royal Navy Merlin Helicopters have played a leading role in working with other European nations to rescue the thousands of migrants being trafficked across the Mediterranean in an attempt to leave North Africa.

A total of 2,700 people have been rescued by the assault ship since it was deployed last month.

The ship’s Captain, Nick Cooke-Priest, said:

“My helicopters have done a brilliant job locating a number of migrant vessels and my landing craft have effected their rescues with typical professionalism and complete success.

“In many ways this search and rescue mission is like an amphibious operation – I’ve deployed landing craft and aircraft in multiple waves, in poor visibility, operating autonomously over the horizon – the objective this time of course, being to save life.

HMS Bulwark arrives in Taranto, Italy on 30th May 2015 to disembark rescued migrants following their rescue in the Mediterranean on 28th May.
HMS Bulwark arrives in Taranto, Italy on 30th May 2015 to disembark rescued migrants.

 

“But it’s only through being trained for high intensity warfighting operations that we are able to execute such activities in peacetime.”

European countries are now working to create a long term solution to tackle the criminal gangs and trafficking networks which are profiting from this activity.

Join us in congratulating HMS Bulwark’s crew and supporting them this Armed Forces Day.

 

 

 

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