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Royal Navy NRF Command Ceremony in Portsmouth

The NATO flag is raised raised on the hangar deck of HMS Prince of Wales [© Bob Morrison]

Royal Navy command of the NRF was formally acknowledged with a ceremony aboard HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth this morning.

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The Royal Navy assumed command of NATO’s Response Force (NRF) from the French Marine Nationale on the 1st January. This change of command was formally acknowledged today with a ceremony aboard HMS Prince of Wales in Portsmouth Naval Base.

The aircraft carrier will now serve as the command ship for the international task group, taking part in exercises in the Arctic, Baltic and Mediterranean. The multinational force will be directed by the most senior sea-going command in the Royal Navy, the Commander UK Strike Force, led by Rear Admiral Mike Utley.

Captain Steve Higham RN, Commanding Officer HMS Prince of Wales just before the Change of Command ceremony [© Bob Morrison]

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