UK Crew of RFA Wave Ruler participate with Independence Day of St Kitts
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary WAVE RULER conducted a 3 day visit to St Christopher anchoring in Basseterre Bay over the weekend to celebrate the island’s 28th year of Independence.
While there, the ship hosted the Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas, the Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and other dignitaries for an official lunch onboard.
Monday saw the ship’s 15 strong RN guard participate in the Independence Day Parade alongside the St Kitts Defence Force, Police and other Uniformed Services. A highlight was the school and youth organisations, who captured the spirit of the occasion perfectly with their enthusiasm and vibrancy. Despite the impending rain, spirits remained high and after an impressive march past, led by the Defence Force Band, WAVE RULER’s Lynx helicopter saluted the assembled dignitaries with a fly past.
The Officer in charge of WAVE RULER’s Naval Party, stated that “WAVE RULER’s Royal Naval Party were very proud to have taken part in the 28th Anniversary celebration of St Kitts and Nevis gaining their independence.” He went on to state, “from below, the flypast looked impressive with a big cheer from the watching crowds as the helicopter flew past.”
On conducting the helo flypast as part of the ceremony the ships Flight Commander commented; “It was an impressive sight to see everyone celebrate St Kitts and Nevis Independence Day, including the ship’s guard”.
From the Cricket stadium the parade marched through the town of Basseterre finishing at the Defence Force Headquarters for the Independence Day speech by the Prime Minister with its theme of self respect, tolerance and compassion.
In addition to the many festivities during the day the Captain and Officers of WAVE RULER were privileged to be invited to an evening reception hosted by the Governor General, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, where they had the opportunity to enjoy the live band and socialise with those who made the parade and celebrations such an outstanding success.