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HMS Atherstone working alongside allies in the Gulf

HMS Atherston's new crew started their latest Bahrain-based deployment with a joint Royal Navy and US Navy Mine Counter Measures Vessels (MCMV) exercise which practiced the ships ability to work with allies in the Gulf.

HMS Atherstone Credit: Royal Navy

Lieutenant Commander Andy Smith, Royal Navy Commanding Officer, Crew 2 and HMS Atherstone said, "The conditions in the Gulf present some of the most testing in the world for Mine Counter Measure operations.

"By developing our techniques and procedures across a broad environmental spectrum and by co-operating with our allies in the region we can be sure we’re ready to protect our nation’s interests, anywhere, anytime.”

Crew member on board HMS Atherstone Credit: Royal Navy