The third annual Anglo-Colombian Strategic Defense Conference was held this week onboard HMS Richmond in Cartagena. The Portsmouth based type 23 returning from her Atlantic deployment also supported Defense and Security Industry Day while alongside in the Colombian port.
UK Minister for International Security Strategy, Dr Andrew Murrison held a high level conference onboard with Colombian Vice-minister for International Policy and Affairs, Jorge Enrique Bedoya and General (retired) Jose Javier Pérez Mejía, the Vice-minister with Responsibilities for the Defense Industrial Base.
Supporting the Ministerial Conference, on behalf of the UK Trade and Investment Defense and Security Organization (UKTI DSO), HMS Richmond also hosted a Defense and Security Industry Day with the aim of building and maintaining relationships with overseas governments and showcasing the capabilities of UK defense companies.
UK industry representatives including Agusta Westland, BAE Systems, Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance, MBDA, Selex ES, and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd attended the Day and, working with UKTI DSO, ensured UK products and services were promoted in the best possible light.
In addition to the ministerial conference and industry day, HMS Richmond also hosted a number of ship tours for Colombian Naval Officers and Officer Cadets.
HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Robert Pedre, said: “Capable of conducting counter narcotics, anti-piracy patrols, providing reassurance to British Overseas Territories, or hosting a major bilateral Ministerial Conference and Defense Industry Day, this visit further illustrates the sheer versatility of a Royal Navy warship across the entire spectrum of soft and hard power.”
HMS Richmond then continued into the Caribbean conducting further maritime security patrols. (RN news)