HMS Richmond to leave Portsmouth for Middle East

The Type 23 Frigate sets sail on Saturday for a nine month deployment

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VIDEO: Families' reaction as HMS Richmond crew swap Portsmouth for Middle East

Family members of the crew of HMS Richmond have mixed feelings about saying goodbye to their loved ones. The ship is on its way for a routine deployment in the Middle East as part of the Royal Navy's security operations in the area.

Sailor's families wave off HMS Richmond

Family and friends of the sailors of HMS Richmond have waved them goodbye this Saturday lunchtime as the Type 23 Frigate leaves Portsmouth for the Middle East.

Her task is 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.

Around a hundred people wave off the ship Credit: RN Media and Comms

The ship and her crew are replacing HMS Kent in the region. The vessel will take part in anti-piracy and anti-narcotics patrols in the area. It is a routine 9 month deployment for HMS Richmond and her main role is to provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region.

This deployment has been a year in the making since our return from the South Atlantic in early 2014. The entire ship’s company has worked hard to ensure that we are ready to take on this important work

– HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Anderson
HMR Richmond leaves Portsmouth Credit: RN Media and Comms

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HMS Richmond to set sail

HMS Richmond in Portsmouth Credit: Ben Mitchell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Type 23 Frigate is to set sail today, Saturday, for the Middle East where she will take part in security operations. The ship will replace her sister vessel HMS Kent in the region.

The nine month deployment will form part of the Royal Navy's long term presence East of Suez. Her main task will be to provide reassurance to the UK's allies in the region as well as taking part in counter piracy operations and general maritime security. It is a routine deployment for the Navy.

The ship's crew's families are expected to wave the ship off from her Portsmouth base.

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