HMS Medway leaving Portsmouth for deployment to the Carribean 200120 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY
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HMS Medway Sets Sail From Portsmouth For Caribbean

The offshore patrol vessel is taking over from RFA Mounts Bay as the Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North) ship in the region.

HMS Medway leaving Portsmouth for deployment to the Carribean 200120 CREDIT ROYAL NAVY

Royal Navy offshore patrol vessel HMS Medway has set sail for the Caribbean.

The ship left Portsmouth on Monday and will be taking part in anti-drug smuggling operations and humanitarian relief efforts, according to the Navy.

The deployment also focuses on providing "reassurance" to Commonwealth and British Overseas Territories in the region.

The ship's company will spend 10 weeks on board and then four weeks off in rotation.

During the tasking, personnel will be able to go through promotion courses and training, as well as taking leave, due to the amount of crew required being less than the size of the company.

HMS Medway is the second of the Navy's new River-class vessels to depart for this type of patrol, after HMS Forth began a deployment in the Falkland Islands earlier this month.

RFA Mounts Bay in Bahamas Credit MOD 12.09.19
HMS Medway is taking over from RFA Mounts Bay (Picture: MOD).

"It has taken an extraordinary effort to get Medway ready to deploy," Commanding Officer, Commander Ben Power said.

"Since leaving Scotstoun in June last year we have conducted the fastest generation of a surface ship in recent memory."

HMS Medway is taking over from RFA Mounts Bay as the Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North) ship.

RFA Mounts Bay, that is designed for amphibious landing operations, has been on patrol in the region for nearly three years - most recently helping with the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

Cover Image: HMS Medway left Portsmouth Naval Base on Monday (Picture: Royal Navy).