S Yorks sailors’ critical duty

sailorsram'Petty Officer Robin Ellis, from Killamarsh
sailorsram'Petty Officer Robin Ellis, from Killamarsh
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A SHEFFIELD man is playing a key role on board a warship in the Mediterranean.

Royal Navy Petty Officer Robin Ellis, from Killamarsh, is serving on HMS Albion, which has been supporting NATO operations in Libya.

The 39-year-old Sheffield United fan is part of a small team that coordinates stores and equipment onboard.

He said: “HMS Albion is designed to carry Royal Marines, land them ashore by helicopter and landing craft, and then support them whilst they carry out their mission. This couldn’t happen without the supply chain backing them up.”

Robin, a former pupil of Eckington Secondary School, who joined the Royal Navy in 1995 after working as a cook at Woodall motorway service station on the M1, added: “During the time Albion was off Libya the ship was working in defence watches – our highest state of readiness. We had to move stores to around the other ships in the task group as they came in from the UK.”

Robin has previously served on the destroyer HMS Newcastle in the Gulf and Kosovo campaigns and recently received his long service medal.

Meanwhile, the Navy has a fresh face in the form of 26-year-old Andrew Jackson, from Whiston, who has completed a 10-week basic training course at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall.

Andrew is now a trainee medical assistant and will serve on board submarines.

The former pupil of Rotherham College of Arts previously worked as a sales assistant. He said: “I joined the Royal Navy to have a secure career and do exciting things.”

With the first phase of his training complete, Andrew’s next port of call is the Defence Medical Services Training Centre in Aldershot, to study first aid, medicine, clinical service and pharmacy.