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29 Apr 19 - HMS Ramsey joins SNMCMG1

 

The Royal Navy website contains this article announcing that HMS Ramsey (MCM1 Crew 2) is sailing from her base at Faslane to relieve Portsmouth-based HMS Cattistock (MCM2 Crew ) in Standing NATO MCM Group 1 (SNMCMG1)

 


26 Apr 19 - Promotions to Commander

 

Hearty congratulations to MCDOA members Dave Louis, Keith 'Mabbs' Mabbott, Dan 'Doc' Morris and Ben Stait on their selection for promotion to Commander with effect from 1 June 2020.

 


25 Apr 19 - SDU1 detonates ordnance in Essex

 

The Brentwood Live website contains this article, including video, reporting today's detonation, presumably by members of Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 (SDU2), of "an unexploded device" found near a yacht club at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.

 


22 Apr 19 - Completion of Exercise ARTEMIS TRIDENT

 

The UK Defence Journal website contains this article announcing the completion of Exercise ARTEMIS TRIDENT 19 off Bahrain in the Gulf.

 

“The exercise involved over 700 personnel, 10 ships, and five helicopters from the three nations.  The ships included the U.S. Navy expeditionary sea base USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), fleet ocean tug USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168), Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Sentry (MCM 3), Island-class coastal patrol boats USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) and USCGC Wrangell (WPB 1332); the United Kingdom’s  RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009) and minehunters HMS Shoreham (M112) and  HMS Ledbury (M30); and the French Marine Nationale’s minehunters FS L’Aigle (M647) and FS Sagittaire (M650).”

 


17 Apr 19

 

SDU2 deals with EOD incidents on IOW

 

The Isle of Wight County Press website contains this article reporting a call-out for members of Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 (SDU2) to deal with two items of ordnance discovered on the Isle of Wight including a shell on the cliff path between Chale and Whale Chine.

 


SDU2 deals with ordnance in Kent

 

The Kent Online website contains this article reporting today's detonation at sea by members of Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 (SDU2) of an item of ordnance found on the beach at Dungeness in Kent.

 


16 Apr 19

 

Latest Awards of LS&GC

 

Congratulations to CPO(MW) E. C. Dudley on being gazetted for the award of the Long Service & Good Conduct medal and to PO(D) Nige Froude on being gazetted for the award of the first clasp to his Long Service & Good Conduct medal.

 


SDU2 deals with mortar round in Hampshire

 

The Portsmouth News website contains this article reporting today's disposal by members of Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 (SDU2) of an 81 mm mortar round discovered in a bin at Havant Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Hampshire.

 


15 Apr 19 - Start of Exercise ARTEMIS TRIDENT

 

The Royal Navy website contains this article reporting the start of Exercise ARTEMIS TRIDENT 19 off Bahrain in the Gulf.  Participating forces include HMS Ledbury (MCM2 Crew 1) and HMS Shoreham (MCM1 Crew 7) supported by RFA Cardigan Bay plus US Navy and French Navy units.  The article features AB(D) Ryan ‘Mac’ McMenemy of HMS Ledbury. 

 

 

(Royal Navy images)

 

 


14 Apr 19 - NDG destroys pyro in Scotland

 

The Aberdeen Evening Express website contains this article reporting yesterday's destruction by members of Faslane-based Northern Diving Group (NDG) of a phosphorus marker found on St Cyrus beach near Montrose.

 


12 Apr 19 - NDG attends EOD incident on highland road

 

The BBC News website contains this article and the Aberdeen Press & Journal website this article reporting a call-out for members of Faslane-based Northern Diving Group (NDG) to deal with a "suspected unexploded device" discovered on the B9006 between Ardersier and Fort George.  The road was subsequently reopened to the public. 

 


9 Apr 19 - SDU1 call-out in Devon

 

The ITV News website contains this article reporting yesterday's call-out for members of Plymouth-based Southern Diving Unit 1 (SDU1) to investigate "chemicals and items" found at a property in Newton Abbot after the death of the householder.  Approximately 40 homes were evacuated but the area was later declared clear.

 


5 Apr 19 - SDU2 destroys 19th century shell in Essex

 

The Royal Navy website contains this article describing yesterday's destruction by members of Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2 (SDU2) of a 29kg projectile, thought to be a British rifled muzzle-loaded shell, discovered 30 meteres from the pier at Southend-on-Sea in Essex.  The article features CPO(D) Andrew Marshall. 

 


 

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