Wessex FM Goes On Board HMS Bulwark
10:19am 10th August 2012
Wessex FM's been on board HMS Bulwark.
The Royal Navy Flagship has been positioned in the waters off Weymouth and Portland to lead the security operation for the sailing events for the Olympic Games.
She's been supporting Dorset Police's maritime security operations.
You can listen to our interview with the ship's Captain Alex Burton here:
Here's Richard from LOCOG.
The Royal Navy’s Flagship is a versatile Amphibious Assault vessel with the most up to date command and control facilities as well as an integral dock and fl ight deck; all of which makes her ideally suited to host a multi-agency BRONZE Headquarters.
The Commanding Officer HMS BULWARK is the Maritime Force Commander Dorset (MFCD) and is tasked to monitor the sea and airspace around the Olympic 2012 sailing venue making use of embarked aircraft and fast attack craft and supporting fast patrol craft.
Amphibious Forces are an integral part of the Royal Navy’s capability to project maritime power globally and then deploy it ashore rapidly at a time of political choosing. They are unique within defence in that they can concentrate a balanced UK force at a chosen point without recourse to support from other nations. HMS BULWARK’s core functions are:
• Specialist command and control of the land force ashore.
• Specialist lift and landing capability to the land to establish a force
ashore and to support it with equipment and logistics.
• Dedicated helicopter lift.