AFTER more than 20 years in the Royal Navy, Commander Robert Pedre has seen more than a few naval homecomings.
But the commanding officer of HMS Richmond said yesterday’s celebrations on the jetty was the best he has ever seen.
He also piled on the praise of his ship’s company for their hard work during the seven months the ship spent at sea.
Cdr Pedre, the commanding officer of HMS Richmond, told The News: ‘It’s absolutely splendid to be home and I’m immensely proud of my ship’s company.
‘They have been diplomats and ambassadors for our country throughout the last seven months and we’ve received plaudits from various UK governors and ambassadors.
‘We’ve been furthering our nation’s objectives and conducting a vast array of diplomatic missions.
‘I’ve been in the navy for almost 20 years and I have to say this homecoming was one of the best receptions I have ever seen.
‘As I said to them yesterday, they should be immensely proud of their accomplishments.
‘It has been a truly remarkable deployment and I couldn’t be any prouder of their achievements
‘Furthermore I’m very grateful for the support of our families which has been instrumental to our achievements.’