Diligence leaves Portsmouth

A Naval ship sailed from Portsmouth today on one of the Navy's lengthiest deployments.

RFA Diligence set for long deployment

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RFA Diligence sets sail from Portsmouth Credit: Royal Navy

A unique Naval Ship sailed from Portsmouth on one of the navy's lengthiest deployments.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Diligence is a 10,595 tonne Forward Repair ship and spends her time in the Gulf Region supporting deployed units.

She is fitted with a wide range of workshops for hull and machinery repairs, as well as facilities for supplying electricity, water, fuel, air crane and stores to other ships.

Diligence returned to the UK in late 2012 for a refit and also supported the latest class of submarines.

Speaking of her visit to Portsmouth, the ship's Commanding Officer Captain Trevor Iles said: "Portsmouth is our final port in the UK before setting out on a lengthy deployment. We wil be using this opportunity to ensure that we are fully fuelled and stored and ready for operations."

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RFA Diligence leaves for one of the lengthiest deployments Credit: Royal Navy