SAILORS nearing the end of their deployment have paid a visit to Haiti – four years after Britain helped the island nation recover from an earthquake.
HMS Iron Duke marked her entry into the Port of Cap Haitien with a 21-gun salute.
The Portsmouth-based frigate welcomed local dignitaries, officials and a number of UN workers.
But it was also an opportunity for the ship’s company to get involved in several community projects including the renovation and restoration of a local town square.
They also helped rebuild a popular footbridge.
More than 100 sailors took part in these projects working alongside their UN colleagues based at Cap Haitien.
Surgeon Lieutenant Rosie Miller, pictured with a child from the Haiti Clinic, said: ‘This was without doubt the most rewarding experience of the deployment for me.
‘Being able to provide something really meaningful and potentially life-saving means so much to me and I hope that this will make a real difference to the community.’
The ship’s football team also set about playing against a strong local team who quickly set about demonstrating their superior skills by beating the Iron Duke squad 4-0.
The last British naval vessel to visit Haiti was RFA Largs Bay in 2010, which arrived in the country carrying aid following a devastating earthquake which killed 200,000 and left more than a million homeless.
HMS Iron Duke will soon begin her journey back home to Portsmouth, where she is expected to return before Christmas.