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Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland has made an emotional return to Devonport on the 10th August following a seven-month deployment to the other side of the world.

HMS Sutherland set sail from Plymouth in January visiting Australia and the Asia Pacific region, demonstrating the UK’s commitment to peace and security, and giving support to British industry.

The ship then carried out exercises with the Royal Australian and Royal New Zealand Navies, before joining exercises with ships from the US Navy Seventh Fleet and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force.

The ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Andrew Canale, said, “We’ve had an incredibly varied deployment and as the first ship to deploy to the Asia Pacific region for some years we have gained a lot of experience about operating in the area.

“As we head for home we are now very much looking forward to being reunited with our families and friends who have given us unstinting support during our deployment.”

HMS Sutherland strengthened international relations in the Asia Pacific region with visits to the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Malaysia before operating as part of a multi-nation coalition in the Gulf and Gulf of Aden region, conducting counter-piracy and counter-trafficking activity.

 

MOD Press release: words and image Crown Copyright MOD

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