New officer in control of city’s HMS Lancaster

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A NEW commanding officer has taken control of Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster.

Commander Peter Laughton took over at the end of a five-day visit to Trinidad.

Cdr Laughton said: ‘It is a tremendous honour to assume command of Lancaster in Trinidad and have the opportunity to bring the ship home after its long and highly successful deployment to the Caribbean.

‘Trinidad and Tobago has a long and rich history with the UK and the Royal Navy in particular, and I believe that our visit has renewed old friendships and helped establish many new ones, in particular with the Trinidad Coast Guard.’

He takes over from Cdr Steve Moorhouse.

He said: ‘It has been a great honour to sail Lancaster into Trinidad as we come to the end of a very successful period of counter-narcotic operations.

‘For me it is the last of a long line of islands visited this year and as it is the final port that I sail Lancaster into, it is a place that will always be memorable to me.’

Lancaster is nearing the end of her seven month deployment.