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Butler Sherborn in new corporate move

first_imgButler Sherborn, the Cotswold property specialist with offices in Cirencester, Burford, Stow-on-the- Wold, Oxford and Wantage, has changed its business status to become a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP).Two new partners – Elizabeth D’Allemagne and Richard Greasby – join Sam Butler who founded the business in 1991. “The move to become a Limited Liability Partnership will support the growth of the company, itis a really exciting opportunity for our clients, employees and partners,” says Sam. “We have established a firm foundation over 26 years as the leading independent property specialist in the Cotswolds, and developed a name for serving our clients. This transition to LLP status will place the business on a solid footing for the future, and better meet our clients’ requirements.”With specialisations in lettings, residential and rural property sales, professional services that embrace valuations, equestrian, farm, estate and land consultancy, Butler Sherborn is a full-service property and land agency.Elizabeth D’Allemagne, at the Stow-on-the-Wold office, said, “Having worked with Sam since 2000, it is a fantastic opportunity, I am so excited about being more closely involved with running the business. We have extremely loyal clients and staff, many have worked for the firm for over 10 years. Giving them a greater sense of ownership will be good for everyone.”Richard Greasby a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Butler Sherborn Elizabeth D’Allemagne February 20, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Butler Sherborn in new corporate move previous nextAgencies & PeopleButler Sherborn in new corporate moveThe Negotiator20th February 20180388 Viewslast_img read more

Beresfords branches out in Brentwood

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Beresfords branches out in Brentwood previous nextAgencies & PeopleBeresfords branches out in BrentwoodThe Negotiator6th March 20180318 Views Beresfords, the award-winning estate agent has a new branch taking pride of place in Brentwood’s bustling High Street, fitted with Beresfords’ freshest shop-fit design and latest marketing materials.The team celebrated with an open day for the public with bubbly and specially decorated Beresfords’ cupcakes.Carl Gable, Area Manager, Beresfords Brentwood, says, “Beresfords has enjoyed a strong presence in Brentwood for a long time and the local housing market is very buoyant, especially with the imminent launch of Crossrail services. We’ve noticed a real surge of interest in property from investors and those looking to commute into London.”“Our new branch places us at the heart of Brentwood, which is where we should be. We’re a big community supporter and we’re here to work with the people of the town to help them find their dream home.”new branch Beresfords Beresfords Brentwood estate agent March 6, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Hunters Chairman in ‘dirty tricks’ dispute with unnamed banks

first_imgA group of banks that are involved in creating a dispute resolution scheme for small businesses hurt by banking scandals, have been accused by the property leader and Tory MP Kevin Hollinrake of orchestrating a “dirty tricks” campaign against him.Mr Hollinrake, the property industry’s most well known politician and Chairman of Hunters, has alleged that a group of unnamed banks carried out a “personal attack” against him by briefing two news organisations about an alleged conflict of interest.The Times and The Financial Times reported that Mr Hollinrake had been told that the banks were surreptitiously challenging his “personal integrity” through the alleged briefings, apparently relating to a lending dispute between Hunters, the estate agency that he co-founded in 1992, and Clydesdale Bank.Mr Hollinrake, 55, said that at least two banks believe that the personal dispute is enough to question his position on a steering group which has been set up to deliver the dispute resolution service.UK Finance, the City trade body, and various banks are working with small business representatives on the dispute resolution service, which is intended to be a voluntary, industry-funded ombudsman for companies hurt by lending disputes.Hollinrake told The Negotiator that: “I have been an outspoken critic of some elements of the banking sector, particularly those at the top who have presided over the most disgraceful treatment of thousands of SMEs.“I have also engaged constructively to find solutions and compensation for the victims. It is therefore very disappointing, but unsurprising, that banks have resorted to dirty tricks to discredit me by a blatant misrepresentation of the facts.“The banks imply that I am using my role on the steering group of the new Dispute Resolution Service for personal gain. This is completely untrue. Any claim that Hunters may make against a bank will be through the courts, not the DRS. Nevertheless, for good order I disclosed this interest and recused myself from any related work in this area. Sadly, this is pretty typical of how some banks operate when anyone shines a light on malpractice. They are not used to being held to account but will have to get used to it.”Resignation plan is not trueIn a letter to Lewis Shand Smith, Chairman of the steering group, Mr Hollinrake said that the news organisations had been wrongly informed that he was planning to resign from the steering group over the issue, saying, “This may well be a desperate attempt to silence me and prevent me from fighting for justice for small and medium-sized enterprises and for individuals within the banking sector to be held to account,” he said.Mr Shand Smith said, “Kevin Hollinrake disclosed his conflict of interest to me and the independent steering group in March this year. In my role as [chairman], I asked him to recuse himself from any discussions relating to that conflict.”Nikki Turner, director of SME Alliance, said, “It is very disappointing that any of the contributors . . . would attempt to malign any member of the group, which threatens to destabilise such a worthy cause.”As Henry Ford said: “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”Hunters Chairman ‘dirty tricks’ dispute Kevin Hollinrake Sheila Manchester June 21, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Hunters Chairman in ‘dirty tricks’ dispute with unnamed banks previous nextAgencies & PeopleHunters Chairman in ‘dirty tricks’ dispute with unnamed banksChairman of Hunters has alleged that a group of unnamed banks carried out a “personal attack” against him by briefing two news organisations about an alleged conflict of interest.21st June 201901,844 Viewslast_img read more

Four major house builders under investigation for leasehold mis-selling

first_imgHome » News » Four major house builders under investigation for leasehold mis-selling previous nextRegulation & LawFour major house builders under investigation for leasehold mis-sellingFive months after saying it would look into the scandal, the CMA says the firms to be probed are Barratt Developments, Countryside Properties, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey.Nigel Lewis4th September 202001,630 Views Four of the UK’s best-known house builders are under investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for potential breaches of consumer protection law in relation to leasehold homes.And estate agents selling new homes on behalf of these developers may have reason to worry; the CMA’s Chief Executive Andrea Coscelli has said that “everyone involved in selling leasehold homes should take note: if our investigation demonstrates that there has been mis-selling or unfair contract terms, these will not be tolerated.”The house builders involved are Barratt Developments, Countryside Properties, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey.Each of the developers are accused of four types of mis-selling activity in relation to leasehold homes as well as the use of unfair contract terms to charge leaseholders escalating ground rents.Mis-selling accusationsThe shocking mis-selling accusations include not explaining what ground rents are, telling buyers that properties are only available as leasehold when they were later sold as freehold, misleading buyers about the cost of converting leasehold to freehold at a later date and unfair ‘pressure sales’ tactics including short completion deadlines.CMA investigators will also look at unfair contract terms that force homeowners to pay exorbitantly escalating ground rents, making it hard to sell homes and often doubling every ten years, and look at how those linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) are explained to home buyers.The CMA will also be investigating certain firms who bought freeholds from these developers and have continued to use the same unfair leasehold contract terms.Once the investigations are over, it will either seek legal commitments from the house builders to change their way or take them to court.“It is unacceptable for housing developers to mislead or take advantage of homebuyers. That’s why we’ve launched today’s enforcement action,” says Coscelli.Barratt is the only developer so far to respond the news, saying: “The Group is committed to putting its customers first and will continue to cooperate with the CMA whilst it completes its investigation.”Reaction“This was abusive corporate behaviour on a massive scale, and it is utterly shameful that professionals recommended by the plc house builders – solicitors and valuers – went along with it,” says Sebastian O’Kelly of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership.Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark: “It’s promising to see the CMA is taking enforcement action against four house builders on the grounds of mis-selling and unfair contract terms in relation to leasehold homes.“The NAEA Propertymark ‘Leasehold: A Life Sentence?’ report revealed three in five (62 per cent) leasehold property owners felt they were mis-sold and a further 93 per cent wouldn’t buy another leasehold property. This means that for too long house builders and developers have not been transparent enough about what it means to buy a leasehold property, leaving many in financial difficulty as they have become trapped in confusing contracts with their freeholder.”Read more about the leasehold mis-selling scandal.builder mis-selling Barratt Developments Countryside Properties Persimmon Homes CMA Competition and Markets Authority Taylor Wimpey September 4, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Time for ‘challenger portals’ to do some challenging, SayNoToRightmove urges

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Time for ‘challenger portals’ to do some challenging, SayNoToRightmove urges previous nextMarketingTime for ‘challenger portals’ to do some challenging, SayNoToRightmove urgesRepresenting 4,000 agents, campaign says it’s time Boomin, Homesearch, OneDome, OpenBrix and PropertyHeads began upping their game.Nigel Lewis8th October 20201 Comment1,180 Views The campaign representing the many agents unhappy with Rightmove’s relentless price rises has called for the so-called challenger portals to step up to the mark.This has come from the #SayNoToRightmove campaign led by estate agency Acorn CEO Rob Sargent, which together with three other groups claims some 4,000 estate agent supporters.An update from the organisation calls on the many platforms that claim to the ‘next Rightmove’ to up their marketing efforts and tackle the portal head-on within the public domain.These include the soon-to-launch Boomin but also portals such as Homesearch, Onedome, OpenBrix and PropertyHeads.“Perhaps the first of the challengers to launch with a properly funded, direct [B2C] marketing strategy will be Boomin,” the statement says.“Only time will tell if they can live up to their promise of being the ‘agents’ friend’.”“The dichotomy remains that UK independent estate agents really are the ‘kingmakers’ of the portals industry, if only they believed it.“If we did all choose to align where our instructions are all listed, we could equally control what we spend.”#SayNoToRightmove claims Rightmove has ‘learned nothing’ from the pain of the Covid months for agents and is returning to full tariff fees regardless and, as The Negotiator recently reported, increasing fees to some agents from their pre-Covid levels.“Only the hardest negotiating and most confident agents have either held out for a better deal or, when forced to the limit, walked away,” the statement says.“The inequity of the estate agency industry’s relationship with the UK’s biggest portals remains – for many – their most frustrating and biggest challenge.”What do the challenger portals say?OneDome – Babel Ismayil, CEO“I agree that in order to adequately challenge the household portal brands, there is a need for large financial backing and I am pleased to say that the funding market is open for companies. OneDome has just raised £5 million from a group of investors and we will raise double of that amount in the next 16 months.“I am also pleased to say that since our launch of the portal in Autumn 2019, we are going from strength to strength and after 12 months we are currently generating up to 80 leads per estate agency branch listing with us per month and we are growing.”PropertyHeads – Ben Davis, founder“We stand should to shoulder with SNTRM, and all estate agents, in our determination to bring about structural change in the UK portal market.“But SNTRM seem to be suggesting the need for a single portal to topple Rightmove – we do not believe this is the case.“Rightmove came to dominance during a time where pay-to-list was the only viable portal business model. We see portals increasingly moving to the ‘freemium’ model. In this situation the logical thing for all agents to do is to list with all credible portals.“Believe me, if you have five or even eight portals listing all available stock, in the inter-connected world we live in today, no one player will be able to maintain a majority of the public’s attention.”Visit the #SayNoToRightmove website.OpenBrix PropertyHeads. Boomin SayNoTorightmove Homesearch OneDome Rightmove October 8, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAdam Pigott, OpenBrix OpenBrix 8th October 2020 at 9:02 amInteresting report by Rob Sargent. My reply to our reference that OpenBrix and the other challenger portals will “need huge marketing budgets to go toe to toe with Rightmove, Zoopla and On The Market” is to point out that he later goes on to show the solution. He states, “The dichotomy remains that UK independent estate agents really at the ‘kingmakers’ of the portal industry, if only they believed it”. I agree with him completely and I am certain all agents do to. The public will go where the properties are. This very point is the proof of Rightmove’s success. Agents pushed all consumers to them. So the power is with the agents. My only other comment is that OpenBrix is the only differentiated entity that is on the agents side and controlled by the agents, as it is powered and run by a public community platform. This means that the consumer benefits are also secured for them. Proper democratisation of a portal that can never hold a sting in the tail! Adam Pigott – CEO, OpenbrixLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Royal Australian Navy’s 723 Squadron Begins 2012 on High Tempo

first_img View post tag: High View post tag: Tempo View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy’s 723 Squadron Begins 2012 on High Tempo The Royal Australian Navy’s 723 Squadron has begun 2012 on a high tempo as they prepare to upgrade their capability.The 723 Squadron’s Retention and Motivation Initiative (RMI) program currently operate three AgustaWestland A109E helicopters under lease from Raytheon Australia.The aircraft were recently on a training mission in Queensland where they were prepared to conduct relief during the recent flood. However their services were not required.Commanding Officer of 723 Squadron, Commander Matthew Shand said these flights provide valuable opportunities for junior aircrew to plan and execute tasks in a wide variety of environments.“It’s been an active start to a promising year” Commander Shand said as the Squadron eagerly await the arrival of three new Bell 429 helicopters to augment their existing fleet of 13 AS350BA Squirrels.The new Bell 429 helicopters will still be leased from Raytheon Australia, and with their composite construction, full glass cockpit and advanced systems, the Bell 429 helicopters are set to be the most modern aircraft in Australian skies when they start flying with the Squadron mid this year.“The experience we’re getting flying the A109E has a big impact on our ability to plan and evaluate complex missions” said Lieutenant Trine Themsen an Aviation Warfare Officer currently training with the Squadron.“We’re excited about introducing the new Bell 429 into our training and seeing what it can do”.The first of three new Bell 429 helicopters are due to arrive at HMAS Albatross in Nowra during March before undergoing a limited test program and entering service with 723 Squadron in May.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 16, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: begins Royal Australian Navy’s 723 Squadron Begins 2012 on High Tempo View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Navy’scenter_img February 16, 2012 View post tag: 2012 View post tag: 723 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Royal View post tag: Australian View post tag: Squadron Share this articlelast_img read more

USS George Washington Arrives in Republic of Korea

first_img USS George Washington Arrives in Republic of Korea View post tag: Naval View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Republic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington Arrives in Republic of Korea View post tag: Washington USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) June 27, for a port visit to foster relations with a longstanding ally of the United States.Welcomed on the pier by ROK military members and the ROK Navy Band, George Washington made its first port call of its 2012 patrol and its fourth visit to Busan in five years.“This week is more than just a port visit. We’re here to demonstrate our commitment to a longstanding ally in the western Pacific,” said Capt. David A. Lausman, George Washington’s commanding officer. “The U.S. Navy is committed to helping enhance the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region, and our forward presence activities and engagements in this region strengthen our alliances and partnerships.”After introductions, Rear Adm. J.R. Haley, Commander, Task Force 70; accompanied by Rear Adm. William McQuilkin, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea; and Lausman provided brief remarks during a news conference with more than 30 local, regional, and international journalists.“We always receive a very strong and warm welcome in Busan, and that is indicative of the strong and enduring relationship between our two nations, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America,” said McQuilken.The press conference was followed by a media tour of the ship to include stops in the hangar bay, Navigation Bridge and an elevator ride to the flight deck to view the aircraft of George Washington’s embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5.During the three-day port visit, George Washington will open its hangar bay doors to over 800 guests for tours as well as a reception for distinguished visitors. While ROK guests tour the ship, George Washington Sailors will get a chance to take in the sites of Busan and see just what the city has to offer through nine different tours coordinated by the aircraft carrier’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation team.“The tours offer the crew time to unwind and at the same time, it gives them an opportunity to see the true culture of our foreign friends,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Mattie Hackney.Sightseeing isn’t the only option for Sailors in Busan. George Washington’s Command Religious Ministries Department is also offering the crew a chance to participate in nine community service projects, an opportunity that will allow them to integrate with local nationals and experience customs and traditions from the surrounding area.“We are very excited this year because we will have two projects where George Washington Sailors will get the opportunity to volunteer alongside ROK Sailors,” said Cmdr. Brian Haley, George Washington’s command chaplain. “This gives the Sailors a chance to get to know one another and provides teamwork between the nations, as well as a sense of partnership between the two countries.”George Washington departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka on May 26 to begin its 2012 patrol. Scheduled port visits in the Asia-Pacific region allow George Washington and CVW 5 to build confidence and trust among partner nations through collective efforts that focus on mutual interests.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 29, 2012; Image: U.S. Navy Training & Education Share this article View post tag: News by topic June 29, 2012 View post tag: Korea View post tag: George View post tag: USS View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Republic of Singapore Navy Conducts Live-Firing of Barak Anti-Missile Missile

first_img View post tag: Singapore Share this article View post tag: Anti-Missile July 30, 2012 View post tag: Missile View post tag: Naval View post tag: Barak View post tag: conducts View post tag: Republiccenter_img Republic of Singapore Navy Conducts Live-Firing of Barak Anti-Missile Missile View post tag: Navy The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) conducted a live-firing of the Barak anti-missile missile in the South China Sea as part of the 18th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise which Singapore is conducting with the United States. The missile was fired by the upgraded RSN missile corvette RSS Victory against an air drone target simulating an attacking profile. The target was successfully destroyed.Commanding Officer RSS Victory Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Eric Tan Wei Hong said that the exercise was professionally valuable to both the RSN and the United States Navy. “The CARAT exercise allows personnel from both navies to work and interact closely with each other and this has also deepened our friendship and mutual understanding“, said LTC Tan.  Commenting on the success of the missile firing, Weapon Systems (Control) Supervisor Military Expert 2 Jeyabal Sundaraju, who fired the Barak missile said, “the realism and tempo of the exercise has been a fruitful experience for me and my team onboard RSS Victory. Our training and preparation ensured that we were ready and we are glad that we have hit the target and achieved mission success.”The firing was witnessed by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng. Similar missile firings have been conducted in previous CARAT exercises.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 30, 2012; Image: MINDEF Singapore View post tag: News by topic Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Republic of Singapore Navy Conducts Live-Firing of Barak Anti-Missile Missile View post tag: Live-Firinglast_img read more

HMS Bulwark to Return to South West England

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Bulwark to Return to South West England View post tag: Return View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic The amphibious warship HMS Bulwark is due to return to the South West of England today (Friday) after two-months with the largest Royal Naval deployment of the year in the Mediterranean.The Plymouth-based assault ship is due to berth at about midday tomorrow in HM Naval Base Devonport. The command and control ship led the UK’s Response Force Task Group on Exercise Cougar, consisting of the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious and Plymouth-based HMS Montrose and HMS Northumberland, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay and the heavy-lift ferry, Hartland Point.HMS Bulwark commanding officer, Captain Andrew Burns, said:“It has been an immensely successful deployment. We have proved we have the professionalism and the tools to do the job that we are here to do. “We have come a long way in the two months since we sailed from Devonport, and we have honed the skills that make HMS Bulwark a capable and formidable amphibious platform and fleet flagship.“We now look forward to 2013 and the opportunities that we are presented with to develop and build upon our capabilities even further.” Sailing fully loaded with 550 Sailors, Royal Marines and Commander United Kingdom Task Group (COMUKTG) staff officers, 62 Land Rovers and armoured vehicles and eight amphibious landing craft, HMS Bulwark departed as a fully loaded amphibious assault platform ready to grasp every opportunity available on the exercise to train and prove its capabilities.Having trained off the SW coast where the force took the opportunity to exercise the key elements of amphibious operations, the RFTG sailed for the Mediterranean taking the opportunity to practise with Danish, French and Spanish Navies along the way.The culmination of all the rehearsing took place in Corsica, testing the combined joint expeditionary force concept developed under the 2012 UK and France Defence Cooperation Treaty.The British and French navies were successfully able to examine and test the maritime element by demonstrating its ability to project air power from the sea using the French Carrier Strike Group and the British Amphibious Task Group, with HMS Bulwark at the centre of amphibious operations.The 13-day exercise in Albania included 30 and 45 Commando Royal Marines, a full land and air assault on the Vlore Peninsula and simulated small boat attacks were conducted against the ships in the task group by the Albanian Navy, playing the role of smugglers and insurgents.Exercise Albanian Lion allowed HMS Bulwark to not only demonstrate its prowess in amphibious operations, command and control, and surface defence against maritime attack.The crew of HMS Bulwark also enjoyed port visits to Gibraltar, Toulon, Corfu and Malta for diplomacy duties and rest, memorial services and sport events.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 30, 2012; Image: Royal Navy HMS Bulwark to Return to South West England Training & Education View post tag: England November 30, 2012 View post tag: South View post tag: Bulwark View post tag: West Share this article View post tag: HMSlast_img read more

HMS Lancaster Leaves Curacao

first_img View post tag: Defense HMS Lancaster Leaves Curacao HMS Lancaster has returned to counter narcotics patrols in the Caribbean Sea following a stopover in Curacao for the island’s national day. Lancaster sailed into the city of Willemstad, on the Dutch administered island, following another successful counter narcotics patrol that saw her seize a vast amount cocaine and marijuana.Her visit to Curacao coincided with their national day ‘Dia de Pais’, in which Lancaster ‘dressed ship.’The Type 23 frigate set to work as soon as she came alongside by staging a Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief capability demonstration for the Curacao Disaster Management Bureau.Guests were treated to a presentation before touring the ship to establish an understanding of what she can offer Curacao in the wake of any disaster.Capabilities such as logistic and engineering support as well as fire fighting and medical assistance were demonstrated and discussed.A more general capability demonstration was then supplied the following day when the ship was open to the public.HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said:“It was a great honour and a privilege for me to be able to bring Lancaster to this beautiful island.“It’s the first Dutch territory we have visited on our deployment and an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities to a partner nation.“As we sail from Curacao we look forward to spending a period of time working with, and training alongside, Dutch naval vessels and aircraft in a joint effort to combat drug trafficking in the region.”As with previous visits Lancaster hosted an evening reception on board attended by the Acting Governor of Curacao, as well as several members of the Dutch naval forces based in the Caribbean doing similar work to Lancaster.The evening ended with a traditional ceremonial sunset along with Lancaster’s personal touch of a bagpipe accompaniment.Sport also plays a big part of any port visit with Lancaster fielding teams for golf, cricket, football and rugby.Unfortunately losses came across the board with the football team losing 4-1 to a strong Dutch Army team, the Rugby team losing to the Curacao Rugby Federation by 25-15 in a tightly contested affair and the Cricket team losing in a 20-20 match against Curacao Cricket Club.Lancaster will now embark on a further counter narcotics patrol in the Central Caribbean, where she has already seen success.Counter narcotic operations with partner nations is just one of a range of tasks Lancaster is conducting across the Caribbean in support of British interests.Others include providing reassurance and security for British Overseas Territories and the provision of humanitarian aid and disaster relief during the core hurricane season.[mappress]Press Release, October 23, 2013; Image: Royal Navy October 23, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Curacao View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS View post tag: Lancaster Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Lancaster Leaves Curacao View post tag: Leaves Share this article View post tag: Defencelast_img read more