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.
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.
It has been a great honour to sail Lancaster into Trinidad as we come to the end of a very successful period of counter narcotic operations. For me it is the last of a long line of islands visited this year and as it is the final port that I sail Lancaster into, it is a place that will always be memorable to me.
– The outgoing Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse
It is a tremendous honour to assume command of Lancaster in Trinidad and have the opportunity to bring the ship home after its long and highly successful deployment to the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago has a long and rich history with the UK and the Royal Navy in particular, and I believe that our visit has renewed old friendships and helped establish many new ones, in particular with the Trinidad Coast Guard.
– HMS Lancaster’s new Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Laughton MBE
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.
Members of the Royal Anguilla Police Force and a crew from HMS Lancaster carried out a Cannabis Eradication Operation in various parts of Anguilla namely North Hill, Cedar Village and Sandy Hill. During this operation a total of 204 cannabis plants were seized. This operation comprised of resources from HMS Lancaster’s aviation crew and officers of the RAPF who were airborne and officers who made up several ground teams. I would like to thank the crew of HMS Lancaster for their assistance and look forward to working with them again."
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.