HMS Brocklesby Gets Award for Deeds off Libya


first_img View post tag: Libya View post tag: News by topic Authorities February 2, 2012 Share this article The crew of HMS Brocklesby are the best in the minehunting business as they and their ship were rewarded for their deeds off Libya. The ship was singled out as the most effective mine warfare vessel in the Royal Navy – out of a fleet of 15 – for her months-long stint in the Gulf of Sirte which saw her blow up a mine laid by pro-Government forces as they sought to strangle the city of Misrata.A few days after HMS Liverpool was rewarded for her seven-month stint by being named the Fleet’s best destroyer, the crew of HMS Brocklesby were collecting a similar trophy: Britain’s best minehunter.Until relieved by HMS Bangor, the Portsmouth-based warship kept the sea lanes to the besieged port of Misrata open alongside other NATO minehunters.That mission saw the ship’s company involved in live mine-clearance operations within range of enemy artillery and rockets since the Al Faw peninsula in Iraq in 2003.Brocklesby found – and destroyed – one mine which pro-Gaddafi forces laid off in the approaches to Misrata, and thus helped to ensure that humanitarian aid continued to flow into the city by sea.All of which was far from expected as 2011 began; the Hunt-class ship had originally sailed on a routine six-month deployment with NATO’s long-standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1 which patrols European and Mediterranean waters exercising, practising and frequently dealing with unexploded ordnance from wars past, rather than wars present.The rapidly-developing events of the ‘Arab Spring’ across the countries of North Africa saw her reassigned at short notice to Operation Unified Protector and Operation Ellamy with a series of tasks off Libya.Brockleby’s 155-day stint earned the ship’s company the Mine Warfare Trophy and Surface Fleet Efficiency Pennant – previously held by Faslane-based HMS Blyth.The pennant now flies on Brock every day for the next 12 months.Those awards were handed over by Rear Admiral Duncan Potts, Rear Admiral Surface Ships, and Capt Mark Durkin, Captain Minor War Vessels and Fishery Protection, as part of the annual presentation of Fleet Efficiency trophies and standards.Rear Admiral Potts commented on the great achievements over the last year, particularly in operations off Libya, which demonstrated the crew truly warranted the award.In particular he stressed the importance of recognising the constant efforts of small ships and the mine-warfare community in the Gulf as well as the Mediterranean.After the presentation ceremony, the admiral dined and chatted with a cross section of Brocklesby’s crew to gain an insight into their experiences of the operations and general view of life aboard a small ship.Since returning from her Libyan mission last summer Brocklesby has undergone a spot of maintenance and is now exercising and training around the UK as part of her regeneration for her next deployment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 02, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: HMS HMS Brocklesby Gets Award for Deeds off Libya Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Brocklesby Gets Award for Deeds off Libya View post tag: Brocklesby View post tag: Naval View post tag: award View post tag: gets View post tag: Deeds View post tag: Navylast_img

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