The Falklands: HMS Argyll Plays Key Role in Exercise Cape Bayonet

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today The Falklands: HMS Argyll Plays Key Role in Exercise Cape Bayonet View post tag: Falklands View post tag: Argyll View post tag: role HMS Argyll has just completed a very successful 30 day period of exercises and local engagement in the Falkland Islands. Arriving in the South Atlantic on the 1st June she spent 30 days working to a high-tempo programme which included her playing a leading role in Exercise Cape Bayonet.Exercise Cape Bayonet is a regular exercise which takes place in the Falkland Islands and involves a large range of the forces based there including RAF Typhoons.The exercise culminated in HMS Argyll supporting the Parachute Regiment with spectacular on shore fire support. Argyll’s Cape Bayonet was the largest tri-service exercise to date.It successfully demonstrated why the Falkland Islands provides such a good training area. For the majority of the exercise Argyll embarked 50 personnel from A Company of 3 Parachute Regiment.“It really was pleasing to know that you have assisted someone. We showed that we can support a large number of embarked troops and more than that we can give them a really good service enabling them to deliver greater effect ashore,” said Petty Officer Caterer ‘Geordie’ Allsopp.“It isn’t often that you work with the Army and the RAF together and we demonstrated how capable the Royal Navy is in the joint operational environment.”Argyll’s excellent integration into the South Atlantic operating area allowed her to respond quickly and effectively to a changing situation when weather or other incidents threatened the programme.Taking part in a number of commemorative activities and events, sailors from Argyll formed a Royal Navy guard that led colleagues from the Army and RAF at a Liberation Day Parade in the Falkland Islands capital, Stanley.“Argyll’s team were there with 3 Para and the RAF. We had the best drill but the others weren’t too bad,” said Petty Officer (Above Water Warfare) Honey.“The lads felt a lot pride. The residents were really passionate in their support and it was a real eye opener for the lads about the meaning of the work we are doing down here.”Members of the crew also visited more remote locations on the Islands as part of an intense settlement visit package. This was accompanied by visits to the memorials at San Carlos, the site of HMS Ardent and the site of HMS Antelope where a former Antelope veteran, WO1 Sheppard of the Devonport Flotilla staff, laid a wreath.Argyll battled through challenging sea conditions both on entry and when leaving the South Atlantic. The transit to South Georgia required skilled navigation to avoid the icebergs and the sea conditions around Cape Horn saw strong winds and seas lash the ship for 48 hours.The ship’s Lynx helicopter enabled the British Antarctic Survey personnel to conduct an assessment of recent rat culls and Argyll personnel assisted with the relocation of stores from a remote outstation.RFA Black Rover, was alongside Argyll during her visit and departed at the same time. Having sailed together all the way from South Africa, Black Rover and Argyll final parted company after a Replenishment At Sea.Reflecting on an extremely busy and effective period in the South Atlantic Argyll’s Commanding Officer, Cdr Tim Neild, said, “Argyll has come to the South Atlantic and delivered in spades. We have clearly demonstrated the Royal Navy’s capacity in the joint environment.”[mappress]Press Release, July 31, 2013; Image: UK Navy Share this article View post tag: Bayonet View post tag: Cape View post tag: RAF July 31, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: key Training & Education View post tag: Defense View post tag: HMS View post tag: Navy View post tag: plays View post tag: Typhoons View post tag: Exercise The Falklands: HMS Argyll Plays Key Role in Exercise Cape Bayonet View post tag: Naval View post tag: UK View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

With ISL good show, Sergio Castel dreams of La Liga

first_imgPanaji: The Indian Super League (ISL) has a new leading goal scorer this season Jamshedpur FCs Sergio Castel.The 24-year-old is leading the attack for the Men of Steel has four goals in five matches so far after his match-winning strike against FC Goa on Tuesday.A 17th minute goal from Castel in a 1-0 win over FC Goa helped his side join ATK at the top of the ISL table with 10 points. However, the Spaniard was not entirely content with the score line.“To be honest, I could have scored more goals. I still have to improve a bit up top in making decisions. But, I am happy my goal helped the team get three points,” said the 24-year-old.Castel’s move to Jamshedpur is a fruitful output of the club’s association with Atletico Madrid. The player is under contract with the La Liga giants and was loaned out to the ISL side in the summer.On Tuesday, Goa were put to the sword for the very first time at home this season as Sergio Lobera had the likes of Ferran Corominas injured while Hugo Boumous and Seiminlen Doungel suspended. Sergio Castel felt that Jamshedpur had to still face a stiff challenge and it was only better tactics that prevailed.“Goa were missing some of their good players but we were also missing Piti, our playmaker. It is not about excuses, we were smarter. Credit to our coach (Antonio) Iriondo who changed the tactics to nullify Goa’s midfield so we could attack on the counters,” he said.Castel was also complimentary on his partnership with India international Farukh Choudhary up top, who provided him the assist in Goa. “Farukh was absolutely brilliant. The ball came quite fast towards me but the delivery was good by Farukh. I did not have much time to react but I saw and chipped the ball and it was a goal,” he said.Having played in Spain’s second division, Castel believes the ISL is a better league and facilitates the development of footballers.“At the moment I am focused only on Jamshedpur for this year. I want to help them reach the qualifiers for the first time and try to win. I still have two more years left with Atletico Madrid. I don’t think too much about the future, I just live in the moment. Maybe I’ll continue or go back. I don’t know.“In India, they have facilities, better stadia, very good fans. In Spain, I played in the second division. It is a difficult league with very good players so it is hard to do well because of the competition. For me, this is a much better league. It is good for players to grow,” he opined.He added: “For me, it was a great opportunity (to come to India). Because of my age, people think that I should play in top leagues like La Liga or Premier League. Maybe someday I will, but I had the opportunity to join a league like the ISL and I heard about the fans and the people of such a great country like India I didn’t think too much.”Jamshedpur FC will next face NorthEast United.“For NorthEast United, we have to stay very humble. We have to work a lot this week and keep an eye on their game as well,” Sergio Castel said. (IANS)Also read: Castel wins it for Jamshedpur FC in GoaAlso Watch: Dokmoka Mob Lynching: Abhi-Neel case awaits justice after 1 ½ yearslast_img read more