THE captain of HMS Westminster has praised his sailors for a job well done as they prepare to arrive back home tomorrow.
The Type 23 frigate will return to Portsmouth after six months of security patrols in the Middle East.
Captain Hugh Beard, the ship’s commanding officer, says a significant drop in piracy in the region is proof the Royal Navy’s strategies are working. He said: ‘Westminster has achieved a tremendous amount during this deployment.
‘Although we did not seize any illicit cargo or pirates during our operations, the significant drop in piracy in the region continues to prove that our tactics are working. After a job well done, we are looking forward to getting home to see family and friends.’
HMS Westminster will pass the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth at around 9.30am.