HMS Richmond has returned to the city after seven months on security patrols in the South Atlantic.
The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate sailed into the harbour this morning to the cheers of families gathered on the jetty.
The frigate has spent 2,881 hours at sea, covered 33,316 nautical miles, visited seven foreign countries (Portugal, Cape Verde, South Africa, Panama, Colombia, Bahamas and the United States of America) and five British Overseas Territories (Ascension Island, St Helena, Falkland Islands, Tristan da Cunha and South Georgia).
HMS Richmond’s commanding officer, Commander Robert Pedre, said: ‘HMS Richmond has enjoyed a hugely successful seven-month operational deployment, conducting maritime security operations in the Atlantic, Antarctic, Eastern Pacific and Caribbean Sea. Furthermore, we have been honoured to undertake defence diplomacy on five continents hosting an array of senior dignitaries, demonstrating the UK’s commitment to the region and protecting our nation’s interests. I am immensely proud of my ship’s company’s many accomplishments on this remarkable deployment and as we return home I would like to thank our families and friends for their stalwart support throughout.’