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TWO Royal Navy warships have anchored in Mallorca for a three-day visit as they make their way home from the Gulf.

Portsmouth-based HMS Middleton and Faslane-based HMS Pembroke had been operating from Bahrain to keep the Strait of Hormuz clear for shipping in the area.

The ships recently called into Malta where they took part in ceremonies to remember the Second World War Malta Convoy in 1942.

This week, they stopped in the Port of Soller’s navy station. It’s thought to be the first time any British navy vessels have been to Soller as Palma normally has the honour.

It’s understood the vessels deferred from their usual duties because Frederick Price, who is the British Embassy Military Defence Attaché in Madrid, is a Soller man, having been born in nearby Biniaraix.

An official ceremony was held to receive the ships and their 90 crewmen in the port.

Middleton’s captain, Lt Cdr Steve Higham, and Pembroke’s captain, Lt Cdr Chris Allan, said that it was an honour to stay in Soller and remarked at how surprised they had been by the beautiful landscape there.