CROWDS of cheering family greeted a Royal Navy minehunter which has returned home to Portsmouth today after three years deployed on operations in the Gulf.
The 44-strong crew of HMS Quorn have been away for eight months but the ship has been based in Bahrain since May 2011.
The minehunter has been a key part of Britain’s contribution to Operation Kipion, responsible for keeping the sea lanes open and combating illegal maritime activity in the region.
Commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Stuart Yates said: ‘HMS Quorn has made a significant contribution in the Gulf region and we have left having made our mark across a wide range of activities as part of the UK mine countermeasures force.’
HMS Quorn is expected sailed past the round tower this morning on her way into Portsmouth.