Minehunter will return home after three months at sea

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ROYAL Navy minehunter HMS Ledbury will return to Portsmouth on Friday after a three-month deployment across the Mediterranean.

Her ship’s company were working as part of the Standing Nato Mine Countermeasures Group 2 alongside other navies from around the world.

The deployment also offered opportunities for the ship’s divers to operate in an unfamiliar environment.

HMS Ledbury’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Justin Hains, said: ‘My crew and I are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with so many nations at sea.

‘The Royal Navy remains a highly respected fighting force.

‘I am extremely proud of my sailors’ achievements during the last three months.’

In addition to port visits, the minehunter exercised with other Nato warships, and tested replenishment at sea, towing, close manoeuvring and communications.