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.
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.”
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