Patrolling the shores of Gibraltar

My name is Tom Clark and I'm part of the team providing round the clock security to the waters around Gibraltar, here is an update on my deployment🇬🇮

My role is either Gunner or Navigator on one of our two patrol boats.

Tom Clark holding a rifle with Gibraltar ‘rock’ in the background whilst providing force protection to a designated vessel le
Tom Clark holding a rifle with Gibraltar ‘rock’ in the background whilst providing force protection to a designated vessel leaving Gibraltar.

If I am allocated as a member of the duty watch I am held at high readiness throughout the duration of the week-long duty period.

The back of the Patrol boat with the machine guns while on a sunrise patrol — with Gibraltar ‘Rock’ in the background.
The back of the Patrol boat with the machine guns while on a sunrise patrol — with Gibraltar ‘Rock’ in the background.

When you are out on the water with the sun beaming down on you, topping up your tan and working at the same time, it seems surreal but within a moments notice we could be called upon to respond to an incident 24/7 365 days a year.

Tom Clarke posing on South Georgia with Falklands penguins.
Tom Clarke posing on South Georgia with Falklands penguins.

Find out where the UK Armed Forces are deployed here:

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