The Queen will be in Portsmouth today visiting HMS Lancaster.
She will be meeting the crew onboard the Type 23 frigate, which has been part of the Portsmouth fleet since 1992.
The Queen is the ship's sponsor and takes an interest in her deeds around the globe.
Armed only with softwood wedges to hammer into holes and two commercial pumps, Navy mechanic, CPO Neil Halsey demonstrated “gallant endeavour and outstanding leadership” and has received the Queen's Commendation for bravery for his work in salvaging a ship in distress.
He led his team in a dark room filled with diesel fumes, shoulder-height oily water, and lit by a single lamp. Despite freezing conditions that made gripping the hammers extremely difficult, Halsey remained resolute and his determination ensured the vessel stayed afloat for the salvage boat.
If the tug had capsized or smashed on the rocks, more than 200 tonnes of diesel would have leaked out, just a few miles from Torbay’s beaches.
A Royal Navy engineer from Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster has been awarded a Queen's Commendation for bravery.
Chief Petty Officer Nail Halsey, a Marine Engineering Mechanic, repeatedly entered freezing waters in the engine room of a sinking tug to stop water gushing in.
He was leading a three-man team on board the stricken tug Christos XXII. She had been hit by a vessel she was towing and was floundering close to rocks off the coast of Torbay on 13th January 2013.
HMS Lancaster has a new Commanding Officer at the helm.
After two years at the helm Commander Steve Moorhouse handed over command of the ‘Queen’s Frigate’ to Commander Peter Laughton MBE.
HMS Lancaster is nearing the end of her seven month deployment and has just left Trinidad in the Caribbean after spending five days there.
The Ship’s Company of Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster have been thanked by police for helping detect three cannabis plantations resulting in the seizure of 204 plants.
HMS Lancaster is on patrol in the North Atlantic & Caribbean and was visiting the island of Anguilla when the drugs bust took place.
At the request of the Royal Anguilla Police Force (RAPF), Lancaster’s Lynx helicopter took to the air with two island detectives onboard to scour the island for cannabis plantations. They identified, photographed and recorded three potential sites.
As soon as the helicopter touched down, a team of policemen from the RAPF raided the locations and, despite making no arrests, seized 204 cannabis plants.
HMS Lancaster will leave Portsmouth today on a six month deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean. During the tour the crew will provide aid to the the region during the hurricane season and combat drug trafficking.