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HMS Somerset is 20 years old today

HMS Somerset is 20 years old today Credit: ITV News West Country

One of the West Country's favourite warships turns twenty today. HMS Somerset has travelled almost 60,000 nautical miles since launching in 1994. The Plymouth-based frigate is on her way home from the Gulf where she's been taking part in a global security operation.

HMS Somerset sails again

HMS Somerset returns to sea

ThePlymouth-based Royal Navy frigate, HMS Somerset, has returned to sea for the first time in nine months, after an extensive revamp.

The Type 23 frigate has been given a new lease of life as one of the most advanced fighting ships in the fleet, following the £20 million upgrade in her home port of Plymouth.

The ship sailed from HM Naval Base, Devonport, to undertake a period of training and equipment trials before returning to operational tasking later this year.