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.
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
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