Families Reunite As HMS Sutherland Returns To Plymouth
The Type 23 frigate has been on a seven-month deployment overseas and today she returns home.
A sailor greets his son for the first time in seven months (Picture: Royal Navy).
HMS Sutherland has returned to her home port of Devonport after a seven-month deployment.
The Type 23 frigate arrived back in Plymouth on Friday morning.
HMS Sutherland has had a very busy year.
She set sail from Plymouth in January and paid visits to Australia and the Asia Pacific as a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to peace and security in the Asia Pacific region, as well as wider support to British industry.
The ship also took part in exercises with the Royal Australian and the Royal New Zealand Navies.
Whilst the ship was docked at Yokosuka Naval Base, for two weeks maintenance, it conducted exercises with the US Navy Seventh Fleet and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force.
HMS Sutherland also headed to Republic of Korea, Singapore and Malaysia before operating as part of a multination coalition in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Aden region, conducting counter-piracy and trafficking activity.
The ship also provided escort duties to HM Ships Bangor and Middleton.
Commanding Officer, Commander Andrew Canale, said:
“We’ve had an incredibly varied deployment and as the first ship to deploy to the Asia Pacific region for some years we have gained a lot of experience about operating in the area.
“As we head for home we are now very much looking forward to being reunited with our families and friends who have given us unstinting support during our deployment.”