Portsmouth based HMS Liverpool takes break from Libya operation

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HMS Liverpool docked in Malta on a break from operations off Libya.

The Type 42 destroyer has been playing a key role in enforcing a no-fly zone over the country gripped by war between the government and rebels seeking to overthrow dictator Colonel Gaddafi.

The Portsmouth-based warship docked in Grand Harbour and the ship’s company were invited to a party at the British High Commission

Sailors had a chance to let their hair down and many loved ones flew out from the UK to spend six days in Malta.

Liverpool’s captain, Commander Colin Williams, said: ‘My ship’s company were in need of some rest and relaxation – and we were all looking forward to our visit, especially those who had family flying out to meet us. It was a fantastic visit to an island of which I am very fond.’

The warship hit the headlines in May when she had a gun battle with Gaddafi’s forces near Misrata – the first time the main guns of a British warship have been fired in anger since Iraq in 2003.