NAVY sailors on a Portsmouth warship have returned home after spending two months patrolling northern Europe as part of a multinational Nato response force.
HMS Duncan joined the allied group of warships in October and has visited seven cities across five countries as part of Standing Nato Maritime Group 1.
The 180-strong ship’s company of the advanced air defence destroyer were kept busy operating alongside allied warships from Spain, Portugal and Germany.
Her first task was to watch the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and her task group pass through the English Channel, across the Bay of Biscay and into the Mediterranean.
Since then, under the command of the Spanish Navy Rear Admiral Jose Enrique Delgado, the crew have tackled a number of operations and exercises, maritime security patrols and visits to countries across northern Europe.
It was the first time a Type 45 destroyer had worked with the Nato fleet.
Duncan’s commanding officer, Commander Charles Guy said: ‘This has been a busy and demanding few months for my ship’s company and I am proud of how hard they have worked to show what the Type 45 is capable of as part of the Nato Response Force.’
Duncan’s crew will soon be on Christmas leave before returning in the new year to prepare for a major deployment in 2017.