28 Aug '13, 3pm
A photo from Cougar 13 of the UK Response Force Task Group.
As part of the Cougar deployment, HMS Bulwark departs Plymouth with Thousands of Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel will leave the UK on Monday (12 August) for an annual deployment to the Mediterranean and Gulf region - Cougar â13. The long-planned deployment will see elements of the UKâs Response Force Task Group (RFTG) â the naval force formed under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review â hone its world class maritime skills thousands of miles from home through exercises with a number of key allies. Four Royal Navy warships, the Lead Commando Group from 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and elements of Naval Air Squadrons will be supported by five vessels from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. This is the third time the deployment has taken place with its aim to demonstrate the ability to operate a highly effective maritime force anywh...