Sailors hold sea exercise

HMS Queen Elizabeth is arriving back into Portsmouth this afternoon

LIVE: HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives back in Portsmouth

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THE crew of a Royal Navy minehunter have spent their first month on deployment conducting a major exercise.

Portsmouth-based HMS Atherstone is in the Arabian Gulf.

The latest rotation of her crew members arrived in early June and have spent their first month preparing and conduction an exercise with the French and US navies.

The sailors will be deployed in the Gulf region for the next six months to protect the seas there.