Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Governor Leaves the Rock

Seventeen Gun Salutes were exchanged between the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and HMS Sutherland as the Type 23 frigate carried His Excellency the Governor of Gibraltar away from the Rock on the first stage of his journey back to UK on leaving office.
On arrival at the Naval Base Lt Gen Fulton had been met by Commander British Forces, Commodore Adrian Bell. The Governor then inspected a Guard of Honour drawn up from B Company of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment before handing the Keys of Gibraltar to the Port Sergeant for the last time. After saying his farewells to senior military officers and Gibraltar’s dignitaries, he bade farewell to the Chief Minister, the Hon Peter Caruana and Mrs Caruana at the ship’s gangway.
In uncharacteristically wet weather, HMS Sutherland was then escorted out of the Naval Base by patrol boats of the Gibraltar Squadron and the Gibraltar Services Police.

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