George returns to home port

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A Royal Navy Petty Officer from Arbroath had the opportunity to visit home recently when warship HMS Argyll stopped off in Scotland for the first time in almost five years.

George Robb, 41, joined the Royal Navy seeking “a few years of adventure”. But 24 years later the Arbroath lad is now a Petty Officer serving on board HMS Argyll, one of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates.

During the weekend of March 7-8 he took the opportunity to head home and visit his mum, Alice, who still lives in the town.

“A friend of mine joined the navy and told me some good stories,” said George. “I jumped on a train with £8 in my pocket and headed for the careers office in Dundee.

“I’ve been all over the world now, from dodging icebergs off South Georgia and having a toast over Ernest Shackleton’s grave, to working with the Americans on counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean. Still, there’s no place like home and it’s fantastic to come back and visit Mum in Arbroath.”

As Operations Room Supervisor on board HMS Argyll, George is responsible for a variety of tasks, from radar and sonar operations to ensuring that communications with other ships are co-ordinated. The sailor was given the chance to demonstrate his skills during the Glasgow visit when he calmly dealt with multiple simulated threats – including an aircraft and submarine attack - during a capability demonstration to invited guests.