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Royal Navy warship scoops top award

The HMS Somerset scooped the award for top frigate. Photo: Royal Navy

Royal Navy warship HMS Somerset has scooped an award as the fleet’s top frigate.

The warship was recognised in Plymouth for helping seize the largest haul of illegal drugs in the UK. The Royal Navy ship worked with the National Crime Agency and UK Border Agency to track down, search and detain a boat and personnel on board off Scotland.

The issue is subject to an ongoing trial in Scotland on alleged drugs smuggling.

The ceremony was conducted on board the ship in Devonport Naval Base in recognition of achievements over the past year.

Rear Admiral Alexander Burton presenting the Frigate Effectiveness trophy to Commander Michael Wood. Credit: Royal Navy

Rear Admiral Alexander Burton who is responsible for delivering the Royal Navy’s surface fleet’s capability presented the trophy for the most effective frigate.

It gives me great pleasure to present these awards to HMS Somerset’s ship’s company who, over the last 12 months, have been called upon to do a wide variety of tasks and who have delivered with professionalism and style on each occasion.

In April they demonstrated the strengths of the Royal Navy, when they received a tip off and immediately slipped away from an exercise to hunt down and intercept a ship carrying cocaine with an estimated value of over £500 million of cocaine, the biggest ever seized by the UK.

– Rear Admiral Alexander Burton