Prime Minister Visits Service Personnel Aboard HMS Ocean
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Prime Minister Visits Service Personnel Aboard HMS Ocean

The Prime Minister has told service personnel on Britain's largest warship, that the Royal Navy is 'vital' for Britain's security and an...

Prime Minister Visits Service Personnel Aboard HMS Ocean

The Prime Minister has told service personnel on Britain's largest warship, that the Royal Navy is 'vital' for Britain's security and an important part of the UK's new role on the world stage after Brexit.

Theresa May addressed a crowd of several hundred onboard HMS Ocean as she visits Bahrain to meet Gulf Leaders.

She's announced increased British military presence in the region, in a drive for closer defence and security co-operation.

HMS Ocean is in the Gulf as part of a six-month deployment.

Ocean is not just working for Britain she's also taken command of 7 US Vessels patrolling the region the first time a Royal Navy Warship has taken charge of task force 50.

But HMS Ocean just happened to be in port in Bahrain as the prime minister was in town.

Prime Minister Theresa May took the opportunity for her first address to British servicemen and women on operations

She closed her speech with early wishes for a peaceful Christmas, and a happy new year.

She went on to meet a handful of those who will be serving away from home over the festive season.

On this her first visit to the forces overseas – she said it was important to hear from them first hand.

She wanted to demonstrate the messages she had given in her speech.

However, Mrs May isn't just here to meet British forces.

She's here to do business with Gulf countries her day has included a series of meetings with leaders from places like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

She's promising help on aviation and Cybersecurity, and a new permanent British Defence staff in Dubai.

Next year Britain will open it's first new naval base in 40 years here in Bahrain.

Britain no doubt has an interest in security for the Gulf supplier of so much of the world's energy.

But this is also about trade – Theresa May is trying to fight security and economic concerns in one fell swoop.

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