HMS Kent arrives into Bangladesh as part of CSG21 14102021 Credit HMS Kent Twitter.jpg
HMS Kent arrived into Bangladesh as part of CSG21 on Thursday to demonstrate the depth and significance of UK-Bangla ties (Picture: HMS Kent/Twitter).
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HMS Kent departs Chattogram base after being 'delighted' by Bangladesh visit

Part of the visit was to celebrate the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence and the ship spent a number of days in Chattogram.

HMS Kent arrives into Bangladesh as part of CSG21 14102021 Credit HMS Kent Twitter.jpg
HMS Kent arrived into Bangladesh as part of CSG21 on Thursday to demonstrate the depth and significance of UK-Bangla ties (Picture: HMS Kent/Twitter).

Frigate HMS Kent bid farewell to the Bangladesh Navy as she left the naval base in Chattogram on Monday.

HMS Kent, part of the UK's Carrier Strike Group deployment (CSG21), celebrated the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence during the visit – highlighting the historic defence connections and relationships between the UK and Bangladesh.

On Thursday, a band accompanied the Bangladesh Navy in a "wonderful welcome" to the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate as she arrived in Chattogram.

The UK is looking to work more closely with Bangladesh as a partner of sustainable peace and growth, the British High Commission in Bangladesh said.

During the visit, HMS Kent engaged in a series of events with the Bangladesh Navy and the local administration in Chattogram to promote the relationship between the two countries.

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Robert Chatterton Dickson, was "delighted" HMS Kent was able to visit at "such an important time in the country's history".

In a tweet after HMS Kent departed Bangladesh, he wished "many thanks" to the Bangladesh Navy for its "excellent hospitality" and said he "hoped for another Royal Navy visit soon".

Elsewhere, the Royal Navy's flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth was most recently in Singapore, on her latest stop on the CSG21 deployment, for a short logistics visit after taking part in a joint exercise with US and Japanese aircraft carriers.

This comes as the Carrier Strike Group embarks on its return journey of the deployment through the Indo-Pacific, Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Recently a teabag shortage was averted on HMS Queen Elizabeth – thanks to a Canadian frigate after both had taken part in a massive allied naval exercise off Japan.

The official Twitter page for the US Senior National Rep to UK Carrier Strike Group said it was "great to be back underway flying again", posting photos from the "invaluable opportunity" of marine and sailor training.

Meanwhile, Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender has taken part in fast rope training with 845 Naval Air Squadron and marines from 42 Commando.

845 Naval Air Squadron posted some great pictures from its official Twitter account of personnel fast roping onto the destroyer