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HMS Kent leaves Portsmouth for 6-month deployment

Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate - HMS Kent - leaves Portsmouth today for a six-month deployment focusing on maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean.

HMS Kent

HMS Kent will continue the Royal Navy's long-term presence East of Suez as she replaces HMS Northumberland currently on station.

Having been through intense training the ship is ready for a deployment as part of the Royal Navy's standing commitment in the Middle East.

HMS Kent's Commanding Officer, Commander Andrew Block, said: "I am immensely proud of my ship's company and all they have achieved preparing HMS Kent to deploy on operations East of Suez. HMS Kent will return to the Middle East, a part of the world she knows well, to provide reassurance to the UK's allies in the region, whilst conducting maritime security, counter narcotics and counter-piracy patrols to protect British trade and wider national interests."

HMS Kent returning to Portsmouth from Middle East

HMS Kent Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Kent is to return home to Portsmouth next week, after sailing more than 39,000 miles to the Middle East.

The Type 23 frigate was on security and counter-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea and Gulf.

The ship left in March and became the first major Royal Navy warship to be invited to visit Tripoli in Libya in over 40 years.

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HMS Kent visits Dover on four-day tour

HMS Kent visits Dover

The Royal Navy's HMS Kent is sailing into its affiliated namesake county today, berthing in Dover for a four-day visit. The crew of the Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate will provide a Guard of Honour for the Channel Dash Memorial parade being held tomorrow.

Members of the public will also be invited on board.