WHILE two visiting American ships arrived in the city over the weekend, one Royal Navy frigate was heading off on operations.
Lining the upper deck, the ship’s company of HMS Lancaster bid farewell to their loved ones while displaying their new uniforms.
Sailors on board the Portsmouth-based frigate set sail on Saturday for a nine-month deployment to the Atlantic having racked up three entries in the history book last week.
The Type 23 frigate became the first ship to head off on operations with the new Wildcat helicopter.
Her ship’s company are the first to deploy wearing the newest naval uniform in 70 years and she also takes with her the first Royal Marine chef to ply his trade on the ocean waves rather than on dry land.
Friends and families of those on board packed the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth to bid them farewell on Saturday morning.
The ship will take over from HMS Dragon and expects to cover in excess of 30,000 nautical miles and visit up to eighteen different countries.
This is the third Portsmouth-based ship to leave on operations this month, following HMS Duncan and HMS Richmond.