Portsmouth based HMS Cattistock has taken part in a multi national exercise off the coast of Spain. It tested NATO forces against a variety of threats such as fast attack craft and terrorist drones whilst dealing with a complex mine counter-measures battle.
On departure from Algeria, HMS Cattistock conducted a series of manoeuvres and drills with the Algerian Patrol Boat, Al Mirfak, which presented an opportunity to exchange personnel and allow them a chance to experience life on board the different units.
– Lt Cdr Steve Higham, HMS Cattistock’s Commanding Officer
The warmth and hospitality of the Algerians has been overwhelming and, while this has not been the first visit by a NATO group, it has probably been one of the mostsuccessful. I hope there will be many more such meetings in the future."
HMS Cattistock continues to lead mine counter measure operations as part of a four-month deployment in the Mediterranean. She will head to the UK later in the year to commence retraining for further operational tasking.
A Portsmouth-based minehunter has been on a goodwill visit to Algeria.
HMS Cattistock, heading NATO’s Standing Naval Mine Counter-Measures Group 2, visited the country where she hosted NATO and Algerian Officers.
While in the country’s capital, visiting officers were offered a capability demonstration as well as a presentation on NATO’s maritime role.
Away from the formalities, NATO personnel also played the Algerian Military Football Team and were treated to a traditional Algerian feast at the Military Academy.