Spirit of Adventure

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  • Date: Wednesday 12th October 2011
Spirit of Adventure

Each year the Britannia Association actively looks to support the Merchant Navy Liaison Voyage scheme which aims to provide Royal Navy officers with an experience of Merchant Navy operations whilst fostering good relations and encouraging a liaison in defence matters

This summer SAGA shipping offered six berths on their Cruise Liner, MV spirit of Adventure as she was making a transit without passengers embarked, from Aqaba in Jordan to Dubai. So six officers, all Britannia Association members duly took to pirate infested waters off the Horn of Africa experiencing anti-piracy from the mercantile marine perspective. 

The officers witnessed first-hand the measures merchant vessels are using to protect themselves and took part in the crew citadel drills. The four young officers in the group also stood ‘pirate watches’ during the transit throughout which attacks were reported just five miles off the ship’s navigation track.

The group included two Lieutenant Commanders, Steve Fry and Karen McLafferty both RNR Maritime Trade specialists who manage piracy incident reporting through the United Kingdom Trade Organisation. “It was great to see the counter piracy from sea rather than shore,” said Steve. “SAGA were excellent hosts, and the whole RNR team have gleaned and excellent insight into how the Merchant Service Operates.”

The four young officers of the RN, Lieutenants Phillip Boak and Andrew Platt and Sub Lieutenants Matt Key and Ross Pawley thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to enhance their astro-navigation skills in the Red Sea. “The voyage and working alongside our Merchant Navy counterparts provided a fantastic insight into the operation and significant parallels with the ways we operate” explained Lt Platt

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