HMS Ledbury returns after three months away

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Minehunter HMS Ledbury has returned to Portsmouth this morning after a three-month deployment across the Mediterranean.

The ship formed part of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2, working with navies from Germany, Italy, Turkey and Albania, as well as non-NATO nations including Israel and Jordan.

HMS Ledbury leaving Portsmouth in May     Picture: Sarah Standing (131236-5401)

HMS Ledbury leaving Portsmouth in May Picture: Sarah Standing (131236-5401)

Families gathered at the jetty in Portsmouth Naval Base today to welcome their loves ones home.

HMS Ledbury’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Justin Hains, from Chichester, told The News: ‘Everybody has been looking forward to coming home.

‘It’s our families that keep us going and the homecoming day is for them.

‘We were also looking forward to showing off the ship as we come home because we are proud of what we have achieved on our deployment.’

In addition to port visits, the minehunter exercised with other Nato warships, and tested replenishment at sea, towing, close manoeuvring and communications.

As reported in The News, HMS Ledbury almost started her mission with a bang when sailors found the remains of a German sea mine on the first day of their deployment.

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