STANDING on the deck of HMS Victory, sailors who have been protecting busy shipping routes were welcomed home by the Second Sea Lord.
Vice-Admiral David Steel met with Crew 1 of the Portsmouth-based Second Mine Countermeasure Squadron during an informal ceremony on the historic ship. He praised their achievements on a recent six-month deployment.
Vice-Adml Steel said: ‘I can think of no more suitable place to welcome you home than HMS Victory.
‘On behalf of the First Sea Lord and myself, we fully appreciate the high level of operation involved in your most impressive of deployments.
‘We do not underestimate the significance of your role in the Royal Navy.’