First time through Panama Canal for HMS Richmond

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HMS RICHMOND might be more than 20 years old, but she isn’t too old to experience some things for the first time.

For the first time in the frigate’s history, her crew have navigated the Portsmouth-based ship through the Panama Canal.

It follows another first for the ship as a few weeks ago she passed through the Magellan Strait at the foot of South America.

Lieutenant Chris Daly, HMS Richmond’s navigator, said: ‘Despite being Richmond’s first transit through the Panama Canal, it is a well-trodden route by Royal Navy warships.

‘Nonetheless, as a navigator it was certainly one of my highlights of this deployment.’

The Panama Canal is celebrating its centenary this year and recently marked the passage of its millionth vessel.

HMS Richmond is carrying out maritime security patrols in the Caribbean, the last part of her seven-month deployment.