Join us for live video coverage as HMS St Albans returns to Portsmouth today

HMS St Albans returns home to Portsmouth today - and we're planning to broadcast the event live.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 7:21 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:58 pm
The Royal Navy will direct the international effort to stifle terrorist activity in the Indian Ocean from next month. A battle staff from HMS Excellent in Portsmouth will head to the Gulf to take charge of Combined Task Force 150, policing more than two million square miles of sea on the lookout for vessels smuggling weapons and drugs which either fund or support terrorism. Earlier this month the Royal Australian Navys frigate HMAS Darwin bagged a sizeable weapons haul on a dhow  nearly 2,000 AK47 rifles, 100 rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, machine-guns will now never reach the hands of fundamentalists. In February HMAS Melbourne scored her fifth drugs bust, seizing around £20m of heroin; the proceeds of illegal narcotics are known to fund terrorism. The British-led staff  personnel from the Royal Navy will be joined by RAF and Royal Marines, plus officers from NATO and regional navies  have gone through a thorough combined assessment at their headquarters on Whale Island to prove they are ready to

SAILORS on Type 23 frigate will be reunited with their families when the ship arrives after a nine-month deployment in The Gulf.

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She is due to come alongside at the naval base shortly after passing the Round Tower at around 10.10am.

Signals permitting we’re planning to stream live footage of her arrival at the naval base on our Facebook page. Times can be variable, but we expect to start live coverage at around 10.20am.