Portsmouth’s Iron Duke braced to join major Nato war game in Norway

11/1/2016 (MOL)

HMS Iron Duke left Portsmouth on Monday for a six-month deployment to Northern Europe.

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11/1/2016 (MOL) HMS Iron Duke left Portsmouth on Monday for a six-month deployment to Northern Europe. Picture: Sarah Standing (160089-7800) PPP-161101-154401001
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A FRIGATE from Portsmouth is gearing up to join a Nato war game in Norway.

HMS Iron Duke, and her sister ship HMS Sutherland will join 18 other warships and 15,000 personnel from across Europe in the three-week test.

From the middle of next week, the ships will be sailing around the fjords for the exercise, called Cold Response.

‘Cold Response will see a step increase in tempo as we start working with land and air forces – this will be a real show of what Nato and its partners are capable of,’ said Commander Ben Aldous, HMS Iron Duke’s commanding officer.