A new joiner to Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron, Able Seaman Carpenter, recently conducted pacing drills in the Squadron’s Pacific Rigid Inflatable Boat with HMS Pursuer, while under the supervision of the Chief Bosun’s Mate.
These pacing drills are critical as they provide key training for the coxswains to gain the necessary skills in close proximity manoeuvres, sustaining the Squadron at sea by transferring provisions, persons and stores without the need to return alongside.
This enables the Squadron to provide security to British Gibraltar Territorial Waters over a prolonged period whilst diligently maintaining UK sovereignty.
Base Marks pride Month
The Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP) raised the LGBT rainbow flag at GDP Headquarters in the Naval Base to mark Pride month. The flag will remain flying during the month of June.
The GDP Chief of Police, Rob Allen, said: “The raising of the flag marks our commitment to diversity, which is crucial within MOD Gibraltar. The flying of the flag also marks a milestone for the GDP with its appointment of the Champions. A diverse workforce provides better representation of the community we serve, ensuring the Force provides the best customer service possible”.
Warrant Officer 2 Sam Snee of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment was recently presented his Warrant by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Dyson on behalf of His Excellency Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE DL.
WO2 Snee joined the Army in 1997 aged 18, initially joining the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards. In 1999 he deployed on his first tour to Crossmaglen in South Armagh, Northern Ireland followed by ceremonial duties in Windsor. Completing his Junior Non-Commissioned Officer course, he led of a team of 4 soldiers on his subsequent deployment to Londonderry in 2001.
Fast-forward to 2018 and he was posted as a permanent staff instructor to a Reserve unit which further broadened his skills set and professional experience. This was then followed by
a second deployment to UK Strategic Command as part of the COVID Crisis Planning and Management Team. Having just returned from his latest deployment he has resumed
the duties of the Regimental Signals Warrant Officer. Congratulations Sam!