Today 24th May 2011, HMS Sutherland came alongside in Kalamata, Greece to attend a service to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Kalamata.
Veterans from Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Crete attended the ceremony in Kalamata.
In the morning the Ships company enjoyed a chance to see the Red Arrows display team over the coast of Kalamata before the Commemoration Service started in the main town.
HMS Sutherland is currently deployed with the lead element of the Cougar 11 deployment as part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG). The RFTG is to take part in multi-national exercises in the Mediterranean before moving East through the Suez Canal for further exercises in the Indian Ocean.
The Type 23 Duke Class Frigate is capable of operating at high tempo for sustained periods with her highly motivated and well trained ships company, and is ready to undertake the full range of tasking to develop and demonstrate the Royal Navy’s contingent capability by remaining flexible to respond to short notice tasking across a diverse range of defence activities including disaster relief, humanitarian aid and amphibious operations.
The RFTG is a new initiative announced in last years Strategic Defence and Security Review and is at the heart of the UK’s maritime contingent capability, held at very high readiness to respond to unexpected global events. Leaving the UK in April the Task Group plans to be away for up to 6 months and is commanded from the Fleet Flagship HMS Albion, by Commodore John Kingwell Royal Navy, Commander United Kingdom Task Group (COMUKTG).
Photo: HMS Sutherlands Guard during the Commemoration of the Battle of Kalamata.
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