Today’s defence related news includes coverage of the Royal Navy rescue of 27 sailors from the MV Grande America.
A number of outlets, including BBC News (online), Daily Star, Telegraph, Sky News (online), the Herald and the Guardian, report that Royal Navy sailors rescued 27 crew trapped on a blazing container ship which turned into an inferno off the French coast. Most papers and online articles carry dramatic pictures of the rescue.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
HMS Argyll’s swift and selfless response to very dangerous situation in difficult sea conditions undoubtedly saved 27 lives. I commend her crew. This rescue demonstrates that even on the final leg of a challenging nine month deployment to the Far East, the Royal Navy’s sailors remain vigilant and professional at all times.
The Commanding Officer of HMS Argyll, Commander Toby Shaughnessy said:
I am incredibly proud of my Ship’s Company and the way they performed in this rescue effort in the most challenging of conditions. Without doubt this was a near run thing. The conditions were on the limit for recovery and this could just as easily been a different result. It was an exceptional team effort and there’s a great feeling on board after a successful result – everyone was saved.