HMS Lancaster Completes First RN Arctic Deployment of 2021

March 31, 2021 – The Royal Navy has completed its first deployment into the Arctic in 2021 after a joint operation with the Norwegians.

Frigate HMS Lancaster linked up with KNM Thor Heyerdahl and F-16 jets for a patrol of the Norwegian Sea and combined training in the confined waters of Norway’s fjords.

On entering the Arctic Circle, Lancaster and Thor Heyerdahl worked together to improve the smooth operation of the two allies across the full range of naval warfare in the High North: navigation, communications and dealing with threats below, on and above the waves.

Two Norwegian Air Force F-16s provided the two ships with a realistic ‘foe’ in the Arctic skies.

Late winter storms caused the warships to seek the shelter of the fjords which afforded extra training for bridge teams in confined waters – and allowed the ship’s company some rare Arctic sightseeing while conducting damage-control drills.

“Without an emergency service to call on at sea, it is down to the professional training and teamwork of our sailors to carry out these safety critical evolutions such as damage control, firefighting and casualty handling. These exercises ensure we are ready for any incident that could occur day or night,” explained Warrant Officer Si Hargreaves, Lancaster’s Executive Warrant Officer.

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