Autumn 2020

MoD thank you letter

14 members of crew on board the tanker vessel Raleigh Fisher have received personal letters of thanks from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in acknowledgement of the extended service many of them were required to work during lockdown. 

In mid-March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions meant the crew were not able to be changed as planned. This unfortunately meant that, at that point, some of the crew had been on board since November 2019. 

Undeterred, the Raleigh Fisher continued its cargo voyages within the Mediterranean, calling at seven different locations. Finally, by the end of May the MoD was able to put special arrangements in place to allow a crew change. At that stage, some of the crew had been on board for six months. 

The letter from Rear Admiral Andy Kyte, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Logistics Operations) expressed ‘sincere gratitude for the efforts of you and your loved ones in support of the United Kingdom’s armed forces during this extraordinary period of COVID-19.’  

He noted that, despite the everything, the Raleigh Fisher ‘continued to operate at her usual high tempo’ and added: ‘I know from experience that long and uncertain periods at sea, away from loved ones and without the respite of shore leave weigh a heavy toll on any seafarer and those we leave behind. I greatly appreciate your service afloat during these extraordinary times.’ 

Captain Andrew Frost, who was captain of the Raleigh Fisher at the time, says:

‘It was nice to be appreciated for our work in these strange and trying times. The whole crew continued to work to the highest standards throughout, even with the uncertainty.’ 

  

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