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Navy cultural advisor invaluable to Cougar 11

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

One of only two Royal Naval cultural advisors, reservist Lieutenant Commander Shah Esfahani's deployment on the Cougar 11 tasking marked the first time either has been deployed in this role at sea. The mine was in excellent condition - in fact it was still shiny - but the dredger had pierced its skin so this was a delicate task for the team."