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THERE is a new captain at the helm of HMS St Albans.

After almost two years in charge, Commander Tom Sharpe has handed control of the Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate over to Commander Andrew Block.

Cdr Sharpe, who is leaving to study at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham, said: ‘I have had a truly amazing time.

‘HMS St Albans has been my home for the past 22 months.

‘We have been to the Gulf for six months, contributing to the stability of the region, countering piracy, drug smuggling and terrorism.’

Cdr Block, who has spent the last four years serving in Iraq and then Afghanistan, said: ‘It is an immense honour to have been appointed in command of this highly sophisticated, well trained ship which has an enviable reputation.’