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HMS Atherstone has welcomed a new crew in support of her permanent operations in the Gulf.

The seven-month deployment of the ship and new crew is part of the Royal Navy’s mission to ensure peace and stability in the Gulf and Indian Ocean.

The new mine countermeasures crew, of over 40 personnel, includes trained divers, engineers and mine warfare specialists.

The ship’s new Lieutenant Commander Simon Pressdee said: ‘I’m delighted to take command of the HMS Atherstone. My crew is prepared and ready to conduct operations to enhance security in the Gulf region.’

The HMS Atherstone is one of eight Hunt class minehunters, and her home port is Portsmouth.

She is equipped with a Sea Fox mine disposal system, and is one of four Royal Navy ships based in Bahrain.

During this deployment the ship will conduct mine warfare operations, exercises and build relations alongside UK and other navies.