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THE Duke of Wellington learnt all about HMS Iron Duke’s recent deployment to the Baltic during a visit to the ship in Portsmouth.

The duke is the ninth Duke of Wellington and is affiliated to the Type 23 frigate, the third ship to bear the name.

With his wife he was greeted by the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Ben Aldous, and given a short briefing on Iron Duke’s recent deployment to northern Europe.

This was followed by a tour of the ship which included the bridge, the operations room, ship control centre and the galley.

The guests had a chance to learn about the role and capabilities of the vessel and to chat to members of the ship’s company about life on board.

Commander Aldous, said: ‘I was honoured as the commanding officer to host a visit from the Duke of Wellington, the ship’s namesake.

‘On his first visit to HMS Iron Duke it was a pleasure to introduce the duke and the duchess to members of the ship’s company and to provide them with an update on our recent NATO deployment to the Baltic and our forthcoming programme.’

HMS Iron Duke recently completed a successful six-month deployment of two halves.

The first was spent in the extreme cold and rough seas off Norway, the second in the calmer seas of the Baltic.

The ship clocked up more than 22,500 nautical miles in her 180 days away.

She worked alongside NATO allies in a series of exercises.

Iron Duke took the lead role in a task group of enemy forces providing participants with a realistic and complex threat to counter as part of the exercise.

The ship also demonstrated the UK’s commitment to Nato and its Baltic allies through a significant amount of defence engagement in the region.

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