Our Role in Conflict; Sailors Tell of Action off the Libyan Coast

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Byline: SOPHIE BARLEY

TWO Teesside sailors are playing a key role in helping to protect civilians involved in the Libyan conflict.

Royal Navy sailors Robyn Buckle, 25, from Saltburn, and Able Seaman Adam Holloway, 22, from South Bank, are serving onboard HMS Albion. They are part of the Response Force Task Group which is being led by the 18,500-tonne assault ship.

At the end of May, the Task Group was diverted to the Libyan coast.

In an effort to increase pressure on Col Gaddafi, Apache helicopters from HMS Ocean were launched against selected military targets ashore, while HMS Albion acted as the floating command platform.

Robyn's role is to provide healthcare to those, including Royal Marines and battle staff, on the ship.

Robyn, who went to Westgarth Primary and Bydales School, said: "I always wanted a career where I could help people, so the role of medical assistant in the Royal Navy appealed to me straightaway.

"The job is hands-on. On a daily basis I could be doing anything from vaccinations and first aid to patient referrals.

"In a crisis situation I would be among the first people on the scene in order to assess and treat any casualties."

Adam, a former Eston Park School pupil, works in the logistics department. He said: "When we arrived off the coast of Libya the whole ship went to action stations. …