HMS Richmond leaves Portsmouth

Families wave goodbye as HMS Richmond leaves Portsmouth for deployment to the Middle East.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150550-5)
Families wave goodbye as HMS Richmond leaves Portsmouth for deployment to the Middle East.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150550-5)
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FAMILY and friends gathered at Portsmouth’s Round Tower today to wave off HMS Richmond.

The Type 23 Frigate set sail this morning for a nine-month routine deployment, focussing on maritime security operations, in the Middle East.

Her task is to provide reassurance to the UK’s allies in the region, while conducting maritime security and counter-piracy patrols to protect British trade and wider national interests.

HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Anderson, said: ‘This deployment has been a year in the making since our return from the South Atlantic in early 2014.

‘The entire ship’s company has worked hard to ensure that we are ready to take on this important work.’

The ship has had a busy year to ready herself for the deployment.

Last June she joined the D-Day 70 celebrations in Normandy, before taking part in the largest Anti-Submarine exercise in the UK for the last 15 years.