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RFA Bedivere, Iraqi Navy Ship Deliver Marines, Equipment for HMS Cornwall

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Story Number: NNS070330-25
Release Date: 3/30/2007 1:27:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Zeltakalns, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/ Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

HMS CORNWALL, At Sea (NNS) -- Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Sir Bedivere (L 3004) teamed with Iraqi Navy Ship (INS) P101, a patrol boat, to deliver a small platoon of British Royal Marines and equipment to HMS Cornwall (F 99) on March 28.

Sir Bedivere arrived in the North Persian Gulf, after departing Mina Salman, Bahrain, for a regularly scheduled 18-month deployment in support of maritime security operations (MSO).

MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

Bedivere's commanding officer, Royal Navy Capt. Shaun Jones, said his ship is well suited for its mission in the Gulf.

"We've got a very capable ship and a great team on board,” said Jones. “We're here on Day 1, ready to help the coalition keep this area safe. That's our No. 1 job."

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