Able Seaman Kevin ‘Kev’ Slater (L) in his role as a ship medic
BRADES, Montserrat -- A former member of the Royal Montserrat Police Force has returned home in his new role as a member of the British Royal Navy.
Able Seaman Kevin ‘Kev’ Slater now works as a steward onboard the Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll, which recently visited Montserrat as part of her deployment to the Caribbean.
The stopover allowed Slater an opportunity to meet up with family, friends and old colleagues in the police force.
The 27-year-old was born in St Vincent and studied at Barroullie Secondary School in Barroullie, before joining the Royal Montserrat Police and then the Royal Navy.
While working in Montserrat, Slater was a marine policeman, patrolling the coastal waters of the island, but now he lives in Plymouth, England.
Slater said: “Being in the Royal Navy is tough as it means I’m away from my friends and family for long periods of time. I’m always looking forward to going back to Montserrat so I can see then and being on the island with old friends and colleagues has been fantastic.”
Slater is married to Pamela and they have a two-year-old son Taj.
Onboard Argyll he is also a trained first aider, meaning he is ready to respond to any casualty incident onboard.
During his time with HMS Argyll, Slater has seen a lot of the world, travelling from the Middle East to South America.
He added: “My time in the Royal Navy has been brilliant and life onboard happens really fast. I’ve managed to see places I could only have dreamed of and met people from all walks of life. Every day is different, and I know everything I do is for a worthwhile cause.”
HMS Argyll is currently deployed in the Caribbean to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief to the UK Overseas Territories and other islands during the hurricane season. Currently she is conducting counter narcotic operations with the US Coast Guard.