For the first time in 15 years, a Royal Navy ship has visited the West African country of Guinea.
Portsmouth-based HMS Iron Duke has just completed a four day visit to the country’s capital, Conakry, with Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Black Rover.
As the ship came alongside, a band struck up on the jetty and a reception party welcomed the first British warship to Guinea in over a decade.
On the first day Iron Duke and Black Rover combined forces to host a reception attended by the British, French, Malaysian, Japanese, Egyptian and US ambassadors as well as the Guinean Chief of Defence.
Royal Navy sailors worked with the Guinean Navy to develop their navigational skills, fire-fighting techniques and seamanship.
Iron Duke also hosted a maritime security conference with the Head of the Guinean Navy to discuss tactics for dealing with illegal activities such as drug smuggling, armed robbery and fishery violations.