HMS Westminster cools off in Iceland

HMS Westminster cools off in Iceland

HMS Westminster cools off in Iceland

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SAILORS on board a Royal Navy frigate enjoyed a short stopover in Iceland after taking part in an exercise that tested their anti-submarine warfare skills.

While in Reykjavik, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iceland, Stuart Gill, visited Westminster’s commanding officer Captain Hugh Beard.

The two-day visit gave the men and women of the Portsmouth-based frigate a chance to take in the views and experience what the North Atlantic island nation had to offer.

Chief Petty Officer Richard ‘Gunter’ Battern, took the opportunity to go on a 300km cycle through southern Iceland.

He said: ‘Walking under the Gullfoss Waterfalls was an up close and wet experience, with some great views from the cliff tops. The cakes in the tea shop were also very good.’

After being given two days to unwind, the ship’s company are now heading home to Portsmouth for a short time, before returning to her training programme.

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