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TRAVELS HMS Richmond in Djibouti. Inset, the crew playing the French Foreign Legion
TRAVELS HMS Richmond in Djibouti. Inset, the crew playing the French Foreign Legion
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PORTSMOUTH-based warship HMS Richmond stopped off in Africa during her anti-piracy deployment.

The Type-23 frigate paid a visit to the Republic of Djibouti, which borders Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.

The crew playing the French Foreign Legion

The crew playing the French Foreign Legion

While there her Commanding Officer Captain Mike Walliker hosted a number of visitors.

And her ship’s company even tackled the French Foreign Legion at both football and rugby – losing both games but putting up a good fight.

Capt Walliker said: ‘I was both delighted and honoured to bring HMS Richmond into Djibouti as part of a wider deployment into the region.’