IN PICTURES: Royal Navy minehunter HMS Middleton returns home to Portsmouth

HMS Middleton has returned to the UK after three years in the Gulf.

Family and friends of the crew lined the harbour this afternoon to welcome back the ship.

Picture: Ben Corbett

Picture: Ben Corbett

The minehunter left Portsmouth in July 2015 to help carry out security operations in the Middle East.

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The current crew have been with the ship since January.

To see our full gallery of the ship click on the link at the top of the article.