British warship in port this weekend

A British warship will be in George Town harbor Sunday and Monday as part of her deployment in the region. 

While in port, the HMS Severn will host a reception, officers will pay courtesy calls to the governor and premier, and the crew will have a friendly football match with the team from Northward Prison. 

The Portsmouth-based ship has a crew of 45, who will host a media tour on Sunday and give a tour to high school students on Monday. The sailors also plan to meet with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to discuss drug interception operations. 

The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Steve Banfield said, “HMS Severn is very much looking forward to visiting the Cayman Islands as part of our Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North) deployment. The Royal Navy is committed to supporting British Overseas Territories and strengthening the ties we have with the Cayman Islands by conducting reciprocal training and engaging with the local population.” 

The Severn is on deployment to the Caribbean and surrounding region until July. The ship took over operations in the area in December with a six-month mission to hunt drug smugglers, help out in the event of a natural disasters and provide “reassurances to overseas territories,” according to a press release from the Royal Navy. 

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HMS Severn will arrive in Grand Cayman on Sunday.
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