Iron Duke honoured for role in Gulf and Libya

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PORTSMOUTH-based frigate HMS Iron Duke has scooped two Royal Navy awards for her efficiency and effectiveness last year – marking her contribution to operations in the Gulf and her role in bombing raids in Libya.

Rear Admiral Peter Hudson, chief of staff capability, presented the ship’s company with the 2011 Frigate Efficiency Trophy and pennant and the 2011 Anti Submarine Warfare Effectiveness Trophy in a ceremony on board the warship in Portsmouth.

Iron Duke, a Type 23 frigate, returned on a high from operations in July 2011 having spent almost seven months east of the Suez Canal. Her duties included working with other navies to combat smuggling and human trafficking as part of the war on terror.

She then sailed to the Gulf on maritime security operations where she patrolled the Al Basrah oil terminal in Iraqi waters.

The final part of her deployment saw her on operations off the coast of Libya.

For three consecutive nights, the ship blasted a gun battery outside the besieged city of Misrata and fired star shells into the night sky to illuminate pro-Gadaffi positions for Nato aircraft to destroy rocket launchers, fuel dumps, ammo stores and artillery batteries.