Proud homecoming for HMS Mersey as she sails into her affiliated town of Sefton, Merseyside for four-day visit
● Royal Navy Patrol Ship HMS Mersey will sail into Merseyside on Tuesday (July 22) for an affiliation visit
● Organised visits for local Sea Cadets on Wednesday (July 23)
● Capability demonstration for invited guests on Wednesday evening
● Ship opens to members of the public on Thursday (July 24) from 10am-4pm
HMS Mersey’s Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander David Gillett will sail his River Class Patrol Ship into Liverpool Cruise Terminal Berth around 10am on Tuesday July 22.
The ship will remain in port until approximately 7pm on Friday July 25.
The River Class patrol ships can be utilised for anything from fire-fighting to disaster relief operations, working at least 275 days a year at sea enforcing British and European fisheries law. The 80 metre ship has a crew of five officers and 24 senior and junior ratings and a range of 7,800 sea miles.
On Tuesday evening, HMS Mersey will engage with the local community when 10 fire fighters from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will bring two appliances alongside the ship to conduct a familiarisation exercise.
Throughout the day on Wednesday, the ship has invited Sea Cadets from Bury and Radcliffe, Tameside, Wigan and City of Liverpool along so that they can experience a glimpse of life on board. On Wednesday evening, HMS Mersey will host a capability demonstration on board for invited guests.
On Thursday the ship will open her gangway from 10am to 4pm to local people and HMS Mersey’s crew members will be on hand to chat to visitors about their roles and life aboard a River Class Patrol Ship.
Lieutenant Commander Gillett has most recently served as Operations Officer in HMS Bulwark, the Fleet Flagship and was involved in Op Olympics at Weymouth and the Cougar 12 deployment to the Mediterranean as the lead amphibious vessel of the Response Force Task Group. He began his Royal Navy service in 1993 and assumed command of HMS Mersey in January 2014 after which she transitioned from refit to re-join the Fleet ready for front-line operations.
Lieutenant Commander Gillett is delighted and honored to be bringing the ship into Sefton.
‘I am honoured to be taking HMS Mersey into Liverpool for this affiliate visit and my Ship’s Company and I are extremely keen to strengthen the links between the ship and the Borough of Sefton. We have a range of events planned and it will be a pleasure to welcome onboard guests from all of our affiliate groups and organisations. With visits planned from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, several local Sea Cadet Units and also an open day for the general public on Thursday, the visit will provide a wonderful opportunity to share HMS Mersey with the City of Liverpool and we very much look forward to it’.
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