NICE TO BE HEARD… AND RIGHT… BUT… (Part 3)
05 December 2018
Our Maritime Media Awards film ‘Seaguard’ (https://www.maritimefilmsuk.tv/films/seaguard/ ) benefited from the hospitality of the Royal Navy, as we joined Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) HMS ‘Severn’ (picture) to see her on task (see Maritime Films UK blogs passim.) But the voyage was tinged with regret, as this was to be ‘Severn’s last patrol prior to decommissioning, after which she was to be put in reserve and/or sold, because the new ‘Batch 2’ OPV’s were on the way. In ‘Seaguard’ we asked: “… why even think about getting rid of a ship that may soon be needed more than ever?” Well, it seems MoD went into rethink mode, as almost a year to the day after our film’s release it was announced that the three Batch 1 OPV’s are to be reprieved. Of course, that decision must flow from our film! (Lol)
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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