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The Last Word, June 2015

Lively debate for the south and south east - the clash over the EU referendum: should we stay or should we go? Defence: 2% - more or less? And gay rights: what next? Tim Aker MEP, Flick Drummond MP & Sir Gerald Howarth MP discuss.


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Minister's Navy role

The new Armed Forces Minister, Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, on the problem of combining that job with her role as a Navy reservist.

VIDEO: Families' reaction as HMS Richmond crew swap Portsmouth for Middle East

Family members of the crew of HMS Richmond have mixed feelings about saying goodbye to their loved ones. The ship is on its way for a routine deployment in the Middle East as part of the Royal Navy's security operations in the area.

Sailor's families wave off HMS Richmond

Family and friends of the sailors of HMS Richmond have waved them goodbye this Saturday lunchtime as the Type 23 Frigate leaves Portsmouth for the Middle East.

Her task is to provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region, whilst conducting maritime security, counter narcotics and counter-piracy patrols to protect British trade and wider national interests.

Around a hundred people wave off the ship Credit: RN Media and Comms

The ship and her crew are replacing HMS Kent in the region. The vessel will take part in anti-piracy and anti-narcotics patrols in the area. It is a routine 9 month deployment for HMS Richmond and her main role is to provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region.

This deployment has been a year in the making since our return from the South Atlantic in early 2014. The entire ship’s company has worked hard to ensure that we are ready to take on this important work

– HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Anderson
HMR Richmond leaves Portsmouth Credit: RN Media and Comms


HMS Richmond to set sail

HMS Richmond in Portsmouth Credit: Ben Mitchell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Type 23 Frigate is to set sail today, Saturday, for the Middle East where she will take part in security operations. The ship will replace her sister vessel HMS Kent in the region.

The nine month deployment will form part of the Royal Navy's long term presence East of Suez. Her main task will be to provide reassurance to the UK's allies in the region as well as taking part in counter piracy operations and general maritime security. It is a routine deployment for the Navy.

The ship's crew's families are expected to wave the ship off from her Portsmouth base.

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Arctic heroes: What did they do?

Today the first Arctic Star medals and Bomber Command Clasps will be presented to veterans by the Prime Minister.

  • Veterans undertook what was dubbed "the worst journey in the world", delivering supplies to Russia
  • More than 3,000 seamen died on the journey, which made sure Germany had to fight a war on two fronts
  • The seamen delivered ships which carried crucial supplies, including 13,000 tanks, 22,000 aircraft and 417,000 motor vehicles
  • Some 58 of the 811 merchant ships involved were sunk by German U-boats, battleships and Luftwaffe bombers
  • With freezing temperatures of minus 20 degrees, anyone who fell into the water died within three minutes
  • The men covered a 1,500 to 2,000-mile run across the North and Barents Seas, one of the deadliest convoy routes during the war
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