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Royal Navy Reception

Miss Cayman Islands Nicosia Lawson with some crew members.

In addition to courtesy visits, security meetings and shore leave, officers and crew of the HMS Iron Duke held the customary reception for local dignitaries during their visit.

Commanding Officer Commander Andrew Stacey hosted the event, which included the traditional sunset flag ceremony. Guests included His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Stuart Jack CVO; his wife Mariko; and their son Andrew; as well as Deputy Chief Secretary Franz Manderson; Commissioner of Police David Baines and other local officials.

During last week's visit officers also met with government officials about disaster relief arrangements. The crew then took part in two exercises off Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, one of which was executed alongside members of the Cayman Islands Marine Unit and the Jamaican Defence Force.

HMS Iron Duke is one of the most advanced ships in the Royal Navy, carrying an array of weapons and sensors. In addition to war fighting, the ship is equipped to conduct tasks that include disaster relief work, drug interdiction and surveillance operations.

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