Historic visit for HMS Iron Duke

Sailors from HMS Iron Duke and members of the United Nations outreach team
Sailors from HMS Iron Duke and members of the United Nations outreach team
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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.