HMS Somerset is leaving Palma today after spending four days in Majorca. The ship has been involved in a 10 day exercise called Trident Door which saw the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate training with Italian, Dutch, German and French Navy ships. The crew of the frigate was looking for some rest and relaxation here, according to the officer on board, and they found it! The crew have been out exploring the island and visited Magalluf on Sunday night to take in some of the town's famous nightlife. As well as the exercises, the Somerset has also been in Cala Marta, Greece, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the withdrawal of allied troops from the beaches in that area. People came to witness the occasion from the UK and came on board for a commemoration dinner. Lieutenant Commander Simon Hallet said It was a very moving experience, one that we were proud to have taken part in. Lt Commander Hallet told the Bulletin that the purpose of the Trident Door operation was to work up the abilities of the new ship Charles De Gaulle (a nuclear powered aircraft carrier) with the help of different NATO Navy fleets. The exercise involved an Italian warship which is also resting up here in Palma. While they have been on the island, the crew have been to various dinners with expats who live here. Lt Commander Hallet commented that Palma was very nice and that he hadn't been here before but that the frigate had, and that she would come again. Lunching on board yesterday were Mr Musgrove DFC, DFM and his partner Mrs Rita McElland, who had won the Bulletin competition for a visit to the frigate. They told the Bulletin that they were having a wonderful time and that their tour around the ship was very interesting and informative.
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