Royal Navy in for visit
THE ROYAL BRITISH Navy is in Barbados for the Independence celebrations.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Ruler is moored in the Bridgetown Port with a detachment of the British Navy which will be marching in the Independence parade today.
Journalists were invited to tour the 31 500-tonne vessel Monday to get information on the ship and insight into its mission.
“These [types] of ships are owned by the British government but are civilian run,” said commanding officer Captain Robert Allan. “This year, this ship has a detachment from the Navy. It is a supply ship which carries diesel and kerosene and also provides disaster relief and performs narcotic patrols.”
The tour was conducted by Lieutenant Commander Phil Ponsford, who is in charge of the Navy detachment. It covered the flight deck and bridge as well as a brief tutorial on their work in the Caribbean. (CA)