FAMILIES have waved goodbye to their loved ones as they head to sea for four months.
HMS Ledbury sailed from Portsmouth this morning for a mission in the Mediterranean.
Dozens of people lined the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth to bid them farewell.
Kessia Newman, 12, of Forest End in Waterlooville, was there to wave off dad Warrant Officer Richard Loynes, 42.
She said: ‘We were invited on to the ship this morning and that was awesome.
‘I have an app on my phone which lets me follow the ship so I can see where he is.’
HMS Ledbury joins a permanent force which works throughout the year defending sea routes from underwater mines and carrying out joint training exercises.
She knows the waters of the Mediterranean well, having been deployed there for six months last year.
Her 42 sailors returned to Portsmouth four months ago having served on board HMS Atherstone in the Arabian Gulf.