Forces Live Events (CSE) veterans Brainscape and DJ Joe Smith certainly got the party started, and filled the dance floor till the bitter end, during an event to celebrate the commissioning of HMS Forth.
Around 200 members of the ship’s company and their families let their hair down as the CSE team gave them a night to remember and let off some steam before returning to a tough generation programme. Lieutenant George Quilter, Executive Officer of HMS Forth said:
“Tonight is about giving something back to the sailors and recognising their hard work.
"As well as those individuals who have been on board the ship, flying up to Scotland and working the long hours to get her down (to Portsmouth) safely, it’s also about those families experiencing that separation and recognising that sacrifice that we have all (collectively) made.”
Britain's newest Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMS Forth, has recently formally entered her service and will be used in border patrol operations. The ship’s company has been brought together from personnel across the Fishery Protection Squadron and is expected to play a crucial role in counter-piracy, border control and fishery protection which is likely to become increasingly important when Britain leaves the EU next year.
Numerous members of the Ship’s Company having been rotated through migrant crisis work in the Mediterranean, which has seen them working in dangerous conditions and dealing with the emotional impact of recovering bodies from the sea so this event was a worthy recipient of some CSE beneficiary love.
The night of entertainment was kicked off with music from DJ Joe Smith, followed by classic rock anthems performed by CSE favourite, Brainscape. The band recently returned from a CSE tour in the Falklands as part of the RAF 100 celebrations and has entertained troops worldwide, including three tours to Afghanistan. When asked about these experiences, guitarist Frank Horovitch commented:
“It was great to see beyond what was in the media every day and actually go and interact with the troops and talk to the Afghan nationals, get behind the smokescreen of it all and put on some incredible shows that we’ll never forget for thousands of people out in the desert.”
Adam Powney from Forces Radio BFBS was at the event speaking to some of the partygoers, uncovering some of the special stories behind this important occasion: