Warship due to return to Portsmouth

COMING HOME Ledbury's ship's company
COMING HOME Ledbury's ship's company
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ROYAL Navy minehunter HMS Ledbury will return home on Friday after spending six months in the Mediterranean Sea.

The ship and her 42 crew will sail into Portsmouth at about 9.40am after clocking up 12,000 miles since her departure in January.

Ledbury has been working with other Nato minesweepers to clear the Mediterranean of historic ordnance left over from both world wars and more recent conflicts.

The ship has sailed around most of the Mediterranean, visiting 18 ports in eight countries including Malta, Croatia, Spain, Portugal and Italy.