Cargo ships, carrying valuable cargo are likely to become targets of pirate attacks, especially in narrow areas such as the Strait of Hormuz or the Bab al Mandeb Strait.

To be able to counter such attacks, HMS Westminster teamed up with its allies from Bahrain and the US in a fast paced exercise, Falcon Defender, which served as a perfect opportunity for the crews to align their practices and hone their escorting skills.

The exercise saw the involvement of the Royal Bahrain Naval Force ships, the United States ships (USS) Carney and Chinook and two US Sea Hawk helicopters to practice escorting a cargo ship. […]