This week’s five-parter for Totally Connected came from the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron, located in the historic dockyard just a few yards from the iconic Tower naval base headquarters in Gibraltar.
Gibraltar Squadron’s two Fast Patrol Boats, HMS Sabre and HMS Scimitar, protect British sovereignty of Gibraltar’s territorial waters and provide force protection to visiting coalition warships. The two boats, together with three Pacific Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), support exercises and operations in the area.
Just 26 sailors and Royal Marines operate some of the smallest vessels in the Royal Navy, but they have proved to be the most effective.
The Squadron has recently been announced as the winner for the Inshore Patrol Vessel Effectiveness Award for their outstanding performance across the year and continued contribution to operational capability.
HM Ships Sabre and Scimitar can now hoist the Fleet Efficiency Flag - a small blue and white pennant - as they sail around the Rock on patrol.
Forces Radio BFBS Gibraltar presenters Hayley Hammond and Simon Marlow spoke to members of the Squadron including Lt Tom Loxton, CO of HMS Scimitar, about the award-winning squadron and how they operate.
They joined the crew for an exercise at sea and experienced for themselves the speed and manoeuvrability of the patrol boats. Hear the audio of this exercise at the top of the page.