A NAVY commander said his crew is prepared for the challenge of a seven-month deployment to the South Atlantic.
HMS Edinburgh, which was due to set sail from Portsmouth this morning, will first call at the Cape Verde Islands and countries off the West coast of Africa before arriving in the Falklands later this summer.
There, she will be conducting maritime security patrols – policing and protecting islanders living in the British Overseas Territories.
Commanding officer of Edinburgh, Commander Paul Russell, said: ‘By sheer distance from the UK, and in the face of a harsh South Atlantic winter, the deployment will present real operational challenges for us all, but this will be balanced by the visits to some wonderfully diverse countries and the opportunity for the Royal Navy to demonstrate its impressive global reach and versatility.’
After her deployment to the South Atlantic, Edinburgh will carry out a number of high profile regional engagement visits in South America, the Caribbean and the USA.
Over the last few months the ship’s company has been put through their paces with operational sea training.Edinburgh has also put her Sea Dart missile system to the test, firing several missiles in the Hebrides firing range.