Ascension : Bank Holiday Family Reunion
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 05.09.2013 (Article Archived on 26.09.2013)
Among the 200 personnel who arrived on the Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS RICHMOND on bank holiday Monday was Leading Seaman in Mechanical Warfare, Jamie Fowler.
Among the 200 personnel who arrived on the Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS RICHMOND on bank holiday Monday was Leading Seaman in Mechanical Warfare, Jamie Fowler. Jamie who was born and raised on Ascension is the son of Sidney “Tall Siddy” and Ingrid Fowler, formerly of Georgetown. Jamie managed to come ashore on the first boat and was eagerly awaited by his Uncles and Aunts: Errol Herne, Eileen George and Chelsea Pete and Veronica Augustus and young cousin Demi who are here on holiday. Jamie was thrilled to be able to visit the Island for a few hours spending time with his family and trying to catch up with those he remembered from his school days.
The HMS Richmond also called at St Helena on 29 August where he was reunited with his mum and dad and the rest of his family. Jamie has not returned home since departing St Helena for a career in the Navy. After completing basic training and being confirmed in service, Jamie has undergone an array of operational deployments. One such deployment saw Jamie visit Turks and Caicos, Grenada, and Grand Cayman, for a Hurricane Disaster Relief Operation, following the passage of Hurricanes, Frances and Ivan, at the height of the hurricane season in the Caribbean in 2004. Outside of his career in Her Majesties forces, Jamie is married and has a 5 year old son
The HMS Richmond left her home port of Portsmouth on 5 August. During her 7 month deployment in the South Atlantic she will be promoting British interests and providing a continuous security presence in the region. The Atlantic Patrol Task will see HMS Richmond undertake maritime security operations, including counter-narcotics and anti-piracy patrols.