HMS Tyne and LÉ George Bernard Shaw have completed two days of training in the Celtic Sea.
The Royal Navy say that the joint exercises “strengthened ties between the navies, as the two patrol vessels worked together on navigation skills and carried out a transfer of supplies from one ship to another”.
The UK built LÉ George Bernard Shaw, a Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel, works on maritime security operations, assisting Irish Civil Authorities and carries out fishery protection in the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone. The Royal Navy also say that the Irish ship has very similar responsibilities to Portsmouth-based Tyne, which is on patrol in the waters around the UK for much of the year, carrying out a variety of missions.
“The meet up between the ships took place off the south coast of Ireland and began with Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres designed to test their abilities to communicate proficiently and manoeuvre in close proximity to each other, during the day and at night. Following that, the two patrol vessels carried out Replenishment at Sea – abbreviated to RAS in everyday navyspeak – training. This transfer of stores requires skilful seamanship and tactical communications from both ships to safely and successfully manoeuvre alongside and transfer stores.”
HMS Tyne’s Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Richard Skelton said in the news release:
“Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessels spend around 320 days a year at sea, and most of it operating on our own. So, the opportunity to spend some time in company with our partners from the Irish Defence Force and learn how they carry out many of the same tasks that we do has been a real pleasure. At the end of this exercise I am pleased to say that we have improved our ability to operate together and, as importantly, that we have strengthened our long standing ties.”