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HMS Bangor Returns Home After Three Years In Middle East

The minehunter has been working to help protect shipping lanes in the Gulf.

HMS Bangor has spent the last three years based in Bahrain.

Royal Navy minehunter HMS Bangor has returned to HM Naval Base Clyde after spending the last three years based in the Gulf.

Families and friends of the ship's crew welcomed home their loved-ones at the base.

Bangor has been working to help protect shipping lanes in the Gulf.

Love was in the sea air for this crew member who popped the question as soon as the ship docked.

While deployed, the ship and crew took part in exercises as part of a Combined Task Group, working with US, French and Omani navies to test their capabilities and ability to work as a team.

The Sandown-class minehunter was part of Operation Kipion Mine Countermeasures, which aims to provide a naval presence in the Gulf region to maintain relations with local nations.

The crew has been working very closely with its sister crew on board HMS Middleton, which also returned home today.

HMS Bangor has hosted many distinguished guests during its time in the Gulf, including His Excellency Dr Sheikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, and Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson.

En route home, the ship has transited through the South West Monsoon and has navigated through the Suez Canal and the Bab El Mendab Strait.