PORTSMOUTH-based HMS Lancaster arrived in Bermuda – her first stop on a six-month deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean.
She joined RFA Wave Knight as part of the Atlantic Patrol Taskforce, which provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief support to the UK’s British overseas territories and other islands during the Caribbean hurricane season.
HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said: ‘I am particularly pleased the island of Bermuda is the first port of call on our deployment.
‘The relationship between Bermuda and the Royal Navy goes back hundreds of years and it is appropriate that as we arrive in the Caribbean we return to an island that was once a welcoming home to many naval personnel.
‘After many months of preparation, the visit is a fantastic reward for my ship’s company.
‘We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with Bermuda and supporting the islanders in any way possible.’
During the six-month deployment, the Type 23 frigate will visit all six of the British Overseas Territories in the region as well as numerous Commonwealth and Caribbean countries in order to conduct regional defence engagement.