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Warship captain back home from patrol
Former Ilkley resident and grammar school student Commander Tim Neild, the captain of Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll, is home from a seven-month patrol.
As the ship’s captain, Tim is accountable to the Admiralty Board for the force generation, safe direction and management of all the tasks and functions of the £200m warship.
This includes the monitoring of engineering and logistics checks and balances, maintenance of operational capability, discipline and morale as well as the training of over 200 personnel.
The Type 23 Frigate arrived home to a rapturous welcome at Plymouth Naval Base from a wide range of operations in the seas around Africa, the Falklands, the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean.
This scope of operations, from maritime security training in Africa to reassurance operations in the Falkland Islands and counter narcotics and the disruption of over $100m of drugs in the Pacific and Caribbean, has displayed the huge variety of tasks a Royal Navy warship can undertake.
Tim said: “Argyll’s deployment stands as an exemplar in the defence community as to the flexibility and agility represented by a UK Frigate on operations. We have conducted a vast range of tasking across half the globe, which all show the value for money that a most capable warship, such as HMS Argyll, provides. I am immensely proud of my ‘Band of Brothers’ for their commitment and professionalism through-out.”
Tim joined the Royal Navy in 1991 direct from Ilkley Grammar School.
He said: “Over the past 22 years in the Royal Navy I have had an amazing career, which has allowed me to see the world through an exciting lens. It has been a rare privilege to command a warship on operations and protect our nation’s interests worldwide.”
Tim now lives in Portsmouth with his Claire, who he met at Ilkley Grammar School, and their two children Lucy, six, and Joshua, four. He often spends time back in his home town visiting family who live in the area and has aspirations to return to Ilkley when his sea-going days are over.
He was greeted by his family when he stepped off his ship at Plymouth to cheers from 500 well-wishers.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to getting home. Claire has done an amazing job keeping the home fires burning, but it’s time for a holiday and a chance to relax with the family.
“I’m really looking forward to visiting friends and family in Ilkley again.”
Tim prepares to hand over command of HMS Argyll later in the month to study an MBA full-time and will further his naval career in the Ministry of Defence after the course.