Royal Navy frigate conducts training with Indian vessel in Indian Ocean

8 October 2015 (Last Updated October 8th, 2015 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond has conducted training with Indian Navy Ship (INS) Betwa in the Indian Ocean.

HMS Richmond

The UK Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond has conducted training with Indian Navy Ship (INS) Betwa in the Indian Ocean.

HMS Richmond, which is deployed to the Middle East for six months, visited the port of Goa, India, for a routine stop and then performed training with the Indian Navy vessel.

The training aimed to ensure the two ships were able to effectively communicate and coordinate manoeuvres.

HMS Richmond executive officer lieutenant commander Alexandra Pollard said: "Conducting this type of exercise is important.

"As a globally deployed force, we need to demonstrate we can work closely with our allies wherever we are."

The 133m-long Duke-class frigate, HMS Richmond, is designed to provide anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare capabilities.

The vessel's task in the region is part of Combined Maritime Forces Combined Task Force 150 and the crew is responsible for counter terrorist activity, as well as other illegal activities, in order to promote maritime security.

"As a globally deployed force, we need to demonstrate we can work closely with our allies wherever we are."

Commissioned in 2004, INS Betwa has been involved in operations in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. The vessel is armed with an array of weaponry and carries up to two helicopters.

HMS Richmond navigating officer lieutenant Thomas Loxton said: "This was a great opportunity to work with a very competent and professional navy. Working with the Betwa was rewarding, she is a very capable ship."

In August, HMS Richmond joined with 820 Naval Air Squadron Merlin Mk 2 helicopters as part of training exercises in the Indian Ocean.

A part of a package designed to advance ASW tactics, the exercise saw HMS Richmond leveraging its advanced specialist equipment to hunt and track simulated submarines.


Image: The training between HMS Richmond and INS Betwa was aimed to ensure the two ships were able to effectively communicate and coordinate manoeuvres. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.