HMS Lancaster sailors visit the deep south

LANDMARK Sailors from HMS Lancaster at the most southerly point of continental USA
LANDMARK Sailors from HMS Lancaster at the most southerly point of continental USA
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SAILORS on board HMS Lancaster took some time out of a busy port visit to see a few sights.

During their visit to Key West, Florida, they found the marker for the most southern point in continental United States of America.

The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate later left for the Cayman Islands, as part of her six-month deployment.

HMS Lancaster, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Queen’s Frigate’ after her sponsor the Queen, 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.

These visits will provide the opportunity to train with other navies.

HMS Lancaster’s commanding officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said: ‘The Cayman Islands are the second of the UK overseas territories that Lancaster will visit during her six-month deployment to the Caribbean.

‘I am looking forward to working with the governor’s office, the emergency services, and the people of the Cayman Islands during the visit so that when we return to sea we are in the best possible position to support the islands and respond swiftly and effectively in the event of a hurricane or any other emergency.’