HMS Westminster is approaching the half-way point of a six-month mission to keep the Baltic secure with NATO.

The Royal Navy say in a release that the frigate is spending the bulk of the spring and summer as part of a task group charged with ‘keeping the waters safe and being ready at the drop of a hat to respond to any major incident – anything from disaster relief through to conflict’.

“Westminster is part of a seven-strong NATO force led by flagship American destroyer USS Gravely with Spanish frigate EPS Almirante Juan de Borbón, Turkish frigate TCG Gokova and her sister ship ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski (both are former US Perry-class warships), Denmark’s support/command/amphibious ship HDMS Absalon, and German tanker FGS Rhön keeping the fuel tanks of all topped up.

Group 1 is one of four task forces directed from NATO’s naval headquarters in Northwood, northwest London, where the Royal Navy’s Vice Admiral Keith Blount took over from Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone just this week.”

The ship met up with the force in time for the first Joint Warrior exercise of 2019. Since then, say NATO, the group has focused the bulk of its time in the Baltic, linking up with that sea’s numerous navies.

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Crikey that looks like a very Rusty and hard worked Burke in that picture.

Cam
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Lol, it looks like crap! I take it sailors don’t paint ships outside anymore!

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

To the layman like me that is quite eye opening.

Maybe she has been deployed for some time?

I can imagine our press if they saw one of our ships leaving Devonport or Portsmouth looking like that.

Lusty
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Lusty

Something tells me they would have a day in a field.

Though it’s not a patch on Hermes after the Falklands!

More evidence that paintball guns armed with grey paint are needed for those ‘hard to reach’ spots. HMS Westminster looks fine, though. The Type 23’s are well cared for.

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

It was pink paint I recall….😁

Lusty
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Lusty

Aye, but grey would be useful for covering up the rust holes when you’re not dealing with incursions!

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

😆

Cam
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Cam

Yeah and all are going through major refit work and upgrades. Nice shipss the type 23s, not sure what it’s like to serve on one though, weren’t they called the Skoda class at one time? Skoda always had a bad name.

Patrick
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Patrick

Skoda has a very good name, well priced, well built and dependable. Just like the type 23s.

Cam
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Cam

I wish we could bring Hermes home! I also wish the campaign to save her for the nation got more support!!

Gunbuster
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Gunbuster

Nope… Painting ships involves a lot more than slapping on top coat grey. 3 or 5 coat paint systems are common place. You need to prep the steel before you start and ithe paint needs to go on when the temp and humidity are correct.
Get it wrong and the system fails and it looks carp as it does in the photo.

Daniele Mandelli
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Daniele Mandelli

This reminds me of your EPIC post on the myriad combinations and endless types of paint months back.

Gunbuster
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Gunbuster

Ahh… How the warm winter nights fly by… 🙂

Lusty
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Lusty

Aware of that, just having a laugh!

Type 23 ships look fantastic still in my opinion.

Gunbuster
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Gunbuster

In a different theater of ops HMS Montrose now looks very nice and shiny in the Gulf. After her trip to BHR the longway around she needed some TLC so equipment maintenance and defect rectification is finished… A new lick of paint where it was needed and she is ready to go.