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CSG21: Frigate HMS Richmond makes 'busy' visit to Pakistan

The ship is one of two Royal Navy frigates deployed with aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The Carrier Strike Group (CSG21) deployment has seen the UK's Type 23 HMS Richmond stop off in Pakistan "for a busy programme of defence engagement."

Along with HMS Kent, the submarine-hunter was sent on the 28-week mission as part of the entourage for HMS Queen Elizabeth and the UK's tilt toward the Indo-Pacific region.

Now past the halfway stage of their journey, HMS Richmond has paid a visit to Karachi.

Personnel formed a guard of honour and paid their respects at the Commonwealth War memorial in Pakistan's largest city.

The vessel also welcomed on board the winners of an academic competition – 800 entries were received by the British Council Pakistan.

A friendly football match between British and Pakistani navies ended in a "diplomatic" score of 1-1, according to the British High Commission in the country.

Meanwhile, flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth has been engaging with the Omani military to the West.