York gets PM visit

VISIT Commander Rex Cox is interviewed during a visit by the Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, centre
VISIT Commander Rex Cox is interviewed during a visit by the Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, centre
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ESTONIA’S Prime Minister has stepped aboard a Royal Navy warship after a four-nation Baltic Sea exercise.

The crew of Portsmouth-based HMS York prepared their ship for an impromptu tour by Andrus Ansip in the capital Tallinn and heard him repeat Estonia’s commitment to its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) role.

HMS York, away on her final deployment, was paying an informal visit after completing a short Baltic deployment.

She took part in ship boarding and submarine hunting drills during the annual FRUKUS (France-Russia-UK-US) exercise, hosted this year by the Russian Federation Navy between the ports of Baltiysk and St Petersburg.