Royal Navy minehunter crew return from Gulf deployment

The Russian destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov as seen from HMS Somerset in the Moray Firth

Royal Navy ship shadows a Russian destroyer

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SAILORS on board one of the Royal Navy’s minehunters have returned home after seven months in the Gulf.

Crew Two of the Second Mine Countermeasures Squadron joined HMS Atherstone in Bahrain in December last year.

They spent seven months on maritime security operations and training in and around the Gulf 
region.

Lieutenant Commander Andy Smith, the commanding officer, said: ‘We return to the UK confident in the knowledge that Crew Two have had a successful deployment; achieving the aims of contributing to security at sea and enhancing our relationships with other 
navies.

‘The support from our families is a crucial part of this success and we are looking forward to some well-earned leave with them.’

After their leave, the crew will return to Portsmouth to guide HMS Cattistock through a refit before preparing to deploy to the Gulf again in late 
2015.