THE CREW of HMS Montrose recently enjoyed life in ‘The Big Easy’ on a formal visit to the United States as part of its current deployment.
The ship was in New Orleans last week to commemorate the bicentenary of the war of 1812, fought between American and British forces, and which culminated in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.
The world-class event was conducted against a backdrop of air shows with the air acrobatic team Blue Angels, fireworks on the Mississippi and military bands playing throughout the city.
Commander Jonathan Lett, HMS Montrose’s commanding officer, said the ship is in a position which allows “powerful bonds” to be built with other seafaring nations.
He said: “We hope to engender great friendships through interaction at all levels; already the generous hospitality offered to my entire crew promises to ensure this is a visit that none of us will ever forget.”
Montrose joined representatives of more than 100 foreign navies for the celebrations which also included goodwill activities such as a cook-off, hurricane tree planting, a basketball exchange visit, Olympic sprint challenge and an American Football match.
The visit to Louisiana marked the end of HMS Montrose’s six-month deployment in the South Atlantic