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Royal Navy warship HMS Kent returned to Portsmouth today welcomed by crowds of family and friends excited to see their loved ones following a successful deployment to the Middle East.

Home from Middle East to Portsmouth for HMS Kent

Welcome home Daddy - return of HMS Kent to Portsmouth Credit: Royal Navy

Royal Navy warship HMS Kent returned to Portsmouth today welcomed by crowds of family and friends excited to see their loved ones following a successful deployment to the Middle East.

Crowds gather to welcome home HMS Kent Credit: Royal Navy

The Type 23 frigate sailed more than 39,000 miles on security and counter-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean, Red Sea and Gulf.HMS Kent left Portsmouth in March and became the first major Royal Navy warship to be invited to visit Tripoli in Libya in over 40 years.

Home after five months away the crew of HMS Kent Credit: Royal Navy

After travelling through the Mediterranean Kent transited the Suez Canal before taking over from sister ship HMS Northumberland and spent the following five months as part of the Combined Maritime Task Force, a 28-nation partnership promoting maritime security in the region.