HMS Lancaster returns to Portsmouth

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SAILORS who have spent the last seven months striking blow after blow to the drugs trade returned home today.

HMS Lancaster returned to Portsmouth this morning after a deployment to the Caribbean.

HMS LANCASTER   (SB)  MRW    18/12/2013 ''HMS Lancaster a Type 23 frigate, returned to Portsmouth on Wednesaday 18th December after a successful drug-busting deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean with many of the crew members carrying bouquets of flowers or a single rose as they came ashore ''First off ! - AB Adam MacKay (32) from Hilsea strides off HMS Lancaster to meet his wife and their two children ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133565-4283)

HMS LANCASTER (SB) MRW 18/12/2013 ''HMS Lancaster a Type 23 frigate, returned to Portsmouth on Wednesaday 18th December after a successful drug-busting deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean with many of the crew members carrying bouquets of flowers or a single rose as they came ashore ''First off ! - AB Adam MacKay (32) from Hilsea strides off HMS Lancaster to meet his wife and their two children ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133565-4283)

During six raids the ship intercepted 1.2 tonnes of cocaine and almost 1.5 tonnes of cannabis. Lancaster also detained 23 drug-runners and disrupted a sizeable amount of drugs which were ditched in the sea.

The ship’s commanding officer, Commander Peter Laughton, said: ‘What Lancaster has achieved over the last seven months is nothing short of remarkable.

‘The variety of roles that the ship has undertaken and the range of successes that have been achieved demonstrate the versatility of a frigate in this region.

‘Throughout all of this Lancaster has remained poised to respond to any natural disaster and provide life saving support.

HMS LANCASTER   (SB)  MRW    18/12/2013 ''HMS Lancaster a Type 23 frigate, returned to Portsmouth on Wednesaday 18th December after a successful drug-busting deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean with many of the crew members carrying bouquets of flowers or a single rose as they came ashore ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133565-3256)

HMS LANCASTER (SB) MRW 18/12/2013 ''HMS Lancaster a Type 23 frigate, returned to Portsmouth on Wednesaday 18th December after a successful drug-busting deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean with many of the crew members carrying bouquets of flowers or a single rose as they came ashore ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133565-3256)

‘I am extremely proud of my ship’s company who have worked tirelessly over the last seven months on the front line of naval operations and ultimately protecting our nation’s interests.’