FROM tug-of-war competitions to an admirals’ reception, HMS Lancaster has been busy making friends in South America.
The Portsmouth-based frigate has visited the port city of Cartagena in Colombia in preparation for a major naval exercise being played out in the region.
She entered the South American country with a 21-gun salute which the Colombian Navy returned.
The ship then went on to host two defence and security industry days, with several British defence companies involved.
Hundreds of people were also invited on board to tour the ship.
Commander Steve Moorhouse is HMS Lancaster’s commanding officer.
He said: ‘It was a great honour to visit Colombia.
‘Our links with the Colombians are growing stronger each year and to be able to exercise together and discuss future shipbuilding projects and developing capabilities has been hugely beneficial.’
The ship also hosted a reception for admirals from the Colombian and US navies, as well as naval personnel from other ships visiting the port at the time.
During the day, a team of eight sailors from the frigate put their skills to good use by giving a local school a fresh lick of paint.
The ship’s company also took part in a number of sporting competitions, including football and tug-of-war.
They went up against teams from a number of foreign ships including those from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Peru, the United States and Dominican Republic.
HMS Lancaster has now left Cartagena after her busy visit.