While alongside in Fujairah, the Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster transferred essential stores and key information to HMS Somerset in order to enable her in the fight against piracy, narcotics smuggling, and terrorism as part of Operation Kipion.
After a busy six month deployment in the Indian Ocean and Gulf region HMS Westminster has begun her journey home after handing over the baton to sister ship HMS Somerset.
Uncharted areas of the Southern Ocean have been surveyed by scientists on the Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Protector, based in Portsmouth. The survey findings will help determine the scale of any clean-up work at penguin colonies off the Sandwich Islands.
They've spent 152 days at sea - sacrificing christmas with their families to help others in desperate need of vital aid.
But today, sailors on board HMS Illustrious finally returned to Portsmouth to a rapturous welcome.
The vessel was due to return in December but was diverted to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan to help with the relief effort.
Although it's a month later than planned, today's homecoming was an emotional reunion for the families of the 650 crew on board. Richard Jones reports.
Christmas at last for sailors and their families.
Thousands of people have gathered on the dockside at Portsmouth Naval Base to welcome home the carrier HMS Illustrious.
The ship was due home before Christmas but was diverted to the Philippines to help deliver aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
So for many of the crew and their families, Christmas celebrations will this weekend!
Illustrious spent three weeks in the typhoon-affected region delivering supplies and carrying out repairs to buildings.
The crew believe they were able to help at least 40,000 people, many in some of the most isolated areas.
She has been away since August and will now undergo essential maintenance before going back to sea later in the year.
HMS Illustrious is heading back to the UK after helping in the aftermath of the Philippines disaster.
The ship and her 650 crew members delivered emergency aid supplies in response to the typhoon.
The 23,000-tonne ship was operating in the Gulf when it was diverted to the Philippines to relieve HMS Daring, which was one of the first ships on the scene.
Commanding Officer, Captain Mike Utley, said, "Our capabilities perfectly matched what was required in the Philippines.
"We were able to get to where we were needed quickly and our size and flexibility meant that we could store and distribute extremely large volumes of emergency aid supplies."
Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster is currently on deployment in the Indian Ocean conducting counter piracy operations and training.
The warship was in Tanzania in mid December and undertook training, sporting and social activities since its time out there.
The visit saw a three day maritime operations training package with the Tanzania Maritime Law Enforcement Detachment.
The team ran an interactive programme which covered all the aspects of boarding operations at the Dar es Salaam harbour.
Lieutenant Nick Palmer, HMS Westminster’s RN Boarding Officer, said: “It was really enjoyable to work with the Tanzanian LEDET team. They were enthusiastic throughout and truly learnt a lot.”
HMS Duncan, the UK’s sixth Type 45 Destroyer, has entered into service with the Royal Navy four months ahead of schedule. The ship was meant to start in early 2014, but thanks to the hard work of both the ship’s company and industry since her arrival in Portsmouth, HMS Duncan is ready.
The first Type 45, HMS Daring, arrived in Portsmouth in January 2009 and has since
been involved in operations across the globe.
Armed with the world-leading Sea Viper missile defence system which can neutralise threats up to 70 miles away, the Type 45s are the most powerful air defence destroyers ever used by the Royal Navy.
All six Type 45s are based at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth which will also be the home to the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers.