Washington sailor deployed to tackle pirates

Leading Seaman Lee Gray from Washington
Leading Seaman Lee Gray from Washington
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A WEARSIDE sailor is helping the global fight against maritime crime.

Leading Seaman Lee Gray, from Washington, is currently deployed in HMS Argyll’s security operations team in the Atlantic.

The 26-year-old said: “I am extremely proud to be serving at sea as part of the Royal Navy.

“The job we are doing is really important, and I feel as if I’m playing a part in keeping Britain a secure and safe place to live.”

The Royal Navy is at sea every day, working with international partners to provide global maritime security where it is needed.

In her current tasking, HMS Argyll has been working and training alongside friendly nations to develop a common understanding and mode of operations in the fight against illegal activity at sea.

That includes the ability to control the seas and helps counter illicit activity such as trafficking of people, drug trade, illegal fishing and piracy.

Leading Seaman Gray is normally employed in the Operations Room as an electronic warfare specialist, primarily responsible for aiding the command in electronic, counter detection and war fighting.

He joined the Navy in 2004 and previously served in HMS Iron Duke, conducting counter-narcotic operations in the Caribbean, and in HMS Argyll when she conducted operations in the Middle East from September 2011 to March 2012.

The former Biddick Comprehensive School and Sunderland College student found his calling at an early age.

He said: “I visited HMS Newcastle as it was alongside the River Tyne when I was 13 years old, and ever since then I knew that the Navy was the life for me.

“The current work we are doing proves that being a part of the Royal Navy, you can really make a difference.”