Local March 20, 2015 | 9:21 am

British Royal Navy patrol vessel to visit Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo.- The Royal Navy River Class Patrol Vessel, HMS Severn, will pay a working visit to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from March 23 to 25.

HMS Severn’s visit to Santo Domingo signals strengthening defence relations between both countries and reflects the excellent bilateral cooperation in disaster relief and the fight against drug trafficking. This is the third visit from a British Royal Navy ship in two years.

HMS Severn is the second River type vessel built by Vosper Thornycroft in their Woolston yard. One of three patrol vessel normally providing security and protection in the seas around the UK. HMS Severn inherited its name from its predecessor, the 9th HMS Severn, which was a submarine.

The first ship dates to 1695. The Commanding Officer is Lieutenant Commander Steven Banfield. HMS Severn’s main function is to provide maritime security, protect fishing and administer matters on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation.

Coinciding with the visit, Her Majesty’s Government has requested formal accreditation for a Defence Attaché to the British Embassy, the first since the last occupant in 2006.

Among the various activities which will be conducted during the visit the Commanding Officer will meet senior Dominican Defence officials; visit the Emergency Operations Centre (COE); and host a reception.

There will also be guided visits with girls to promote non traditional careers and operational exercises. A friendly seven aside football match with Bauger at Soccer Town will take place on Tuesday 24 March at 6:30 pm. All interested are welcomed to attend.

HMS Severn will be open to the public, free of charge, Tuesday 25 March from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

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