York back in the Atlantic

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HMS York is back in the Atlantic heading for the Falkland Islands after her headline-making trip to Libya.

The Type 42 destroyer was en-route to take up a five-month patrol in the south Atlantic when she was diverted to join the international relief effort and help foreign citizens and Britons leave the country.

After she was relieved by the frigate HMS Westminster, she returned to Gibraltar and has since left the Mediterranean heading south.

During her time off Libya, York delivered 1.3 tonnes of medical aid and evacuated 50 people from the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

Sources say she also provided support and intelligence to the elite Special Boat Service.

She is heading to the south Atlantic for the next four months to conduct patrols of the Falkland Islands.

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