HMS Richmond went from icy landscapes to warm parts of globe

BACK HOME ''HMS Richmond arrives at Portsmouth Naval Base.''Picture: Malcolm Wells (14530-2038)
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OVER the course of their 33,316-mile journey around the world, sailors on board HMS Richmond experienced some of the coldest and warmest environments.

The frigate has been on a number of operations, including working with the Cape Verde Coast Guard, to conducting training and maritime security patrols of British Overseas Territories.

The ship’s company visited Ascension Island, St Helena, and Tristan Da Cunha, and helped members of the British Antarctic Survey reach South Georgia for conservation work.

In the Falkland Islands, the ship visited settlements and trained with the British Army and Royal Air Force.

In recognition of her contribution there, the ship received a personal commendation from the Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands.

The ship then passed through the Megallan Strait, and carried out more security patrols while en route to Panama.

As reported in The News, HMS Richmond passed through the Panama Canal for the first time in the ship’s history.

This was followed by a visit to Colombia, where the ship hosted a defence and security industry day.

A visit to Nassau in the Bahamas included a royal reception as Princess Michael of Kent was holidaying on the island.

She came on board to take the salute at a ceremonial sunset.

Finally, sailors stopped in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to take on stores for the final leg of the deployment followed by some training with the United States Coast Guard.