HMS Enterprise returns to UK after 15-month deployment

The survey ship has sailed more than 53,000 nautical miles since leaving the UK last summer and has passed through two oceans and six seas.

Royal Navy vessel HMS Enterprise has returned to the UK after a 15-month deployment.

The survey ship arrived back in Devonport on Friday morning after sailing more than 53,000 miles, starting off in France before travelling to the Asia-Pacific and back again.

The ship has visted 15 different ports in 11 different countries since leaving leaving the UK last summer, including Beirut in Lebanon in August to provide support after the huge explosion in the city's port

HMS Enterprise delivered crucial supplies and personnel, as well as checking the extent of the damage for future shipping.

Whilst in Japan, the ship hosted the Prince of Wales in Tokyo to mark the enthronement of Japan's new emperor.

HMS Enterprise alongside in Devonport 161020 CREDIT BFBS
HMS Enterprise has arrived in Devonport, having visited 11 different countries since last summer.

The vessel also tracked Super Typhoon Hagibis.

Other notable moments on HMS Enterprise's deployment included a search and rescue exercise with Cypriot partners in the Mediterranean.

The ship joined the Joint Rescue and Coordination Centre, the Republic of Cyprus Police Aviation Unit, and 84 Squadron, based at RAF Akrotiri, for the annual training exercise.

Typically the vessel operates a three-crew system – sailors spend three months on board before flying home to complete courses and training.

The various crews have been working to strengthen relationships with the UK’s global partners.

Cover image: HMS Enterprise back in UK waters.