Port of Milford Haven welcomes Royal Navy
3:58pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
ROYAL Navy Reservists from all over the UK have arrived in Milford Haven to take part in a major training exercise.
Exercise Cambrian Trader began yesterday (Wednesday) and runs until Sunday, September 22.
It is designed to train the Navy’s Maritime Trade Operations specialists and prepare them for deployment in support of the Royal Navy anywhere in the world.
The Royal Navy will also have HMS Mersey in port, as well as a specialist diving unit from Devonport and a team of hydrographic surveyors.
Participants in the exercise will be working through a series of tasks designed to replicate what the Royal Navy could do to support a commercial port and sustain safe commercial operations.
This includes diving on wrecks, surveying for safe anchorages, briefing merchant shipping on safety and security, and escorting merchant shipping into and out of port.
Together with Dyfed-Powys Police, the Port of Milford Haven and members of the Army Reserve, the exercise will involve more than 100 people, yet it will be almost unseen by the public because so much of the activity is in the water, or at the Port’s headquarters.
Commander Simon Cottam, who leads the Navy’s Maritime Trade Operations specialisation, said: “This is a big event in our calendar and Milford Haven is a great location, with the kind of high value shipping we could find ourselves liaising with in the Persian Gulf, or in counter-piracy operations in East Africa.”
Bill Hirst, Habourmaster at the Port of Milford Haven, added: “As the third largest Port in the UK safely handling 29% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas, Milford Haven provides a great base for those wanting to understand how a busy commercial port operates. Opportunities to exercise with the Royal Navy are rare and therefore we are pleased that they have chosen Milford Haven and are keen to support them.”