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Posted on Wednesday 22nd February

The Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset will return to the Plymouth Naval Base Devonport on Friday, 24 February following a 6-month deployment to the Middle East.

HMS Somerset has remained at sea for up to 6 weeks continuously at any one time and visited Oman, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and the Seychelles. Throughout her deployment Somerset’s ship’s company have remained ready to respond to any tasking. She has predominantly been working under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) as part of a task force which patrols the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman.

The Royal Navy's 13 Type-23 frigates form half of the frigate/destroyer force in the Royal Navy. These ships have evolved into multi-purpose ships from their original task of anti-submarine warfare and also carry out warfare roles and conduct embargo operations using boarding teams, disaster relief work and surveillance operations.

HMS Somerset’s second-in-command Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ben Aldous, said:

'Our homecoming is a long and eagerly anticipated conclusion to a lengthy deployment.

'Although Somerset is well-equipped and her ship’s company well-trained, it cannot be under-estimated how well the spirit and moral of the team is bolstered by the support of family and friends at home. It is going to be an emotional day.'

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