Flags were flying as HMS Argyll visited Gibraltar for her first port of call on a nine-month deployment to the Far East.

The oldest serving Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy came alongside for a short logistical stop before continuing on her far-reaching deployment, which will include visits to Singapore and Japan.

Forces Radio BFBS Gibraltar's Hayley Hammond was invited on board while the ship was alongside in Gibraltar.

She spoke to Weapon Engineer Officer Lt Cdr David Tetchner about the deployment and life onboard.

"We'll be taking HMS Argyll all the way through the Mediterranean before we pass through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf."

HMS Argyll in Gibraltar

Being away for nine months presents some challenges including feeding and entertaining the crew of up to 225.

“Being away for Christmas is probably one of the biggest challenges.”

HMS Argyll Control Room

HMS Argyll is the first ship to carry the new Sea Ceptor missile system, and according to Lt Cdr Tetcher:

“The Sea Ceptor missile system is a real step change... a very large increase in capability for the Royal Navy. This is now world leading technology.”

HMS Argyll Wildcat Gibraltar

The ship is also carrying a Wildcat Mk 2 helicopter which provides surveillance and weapons capability.

“Navy pilots are undoubtedly the best pilots in the world.

"They not only have to deal with all types of weather but… their landing platform is moving at the same time.”

Listen to the tour of HMS Argyll here:

HMS Argyll will return to the UK in spring 2019.

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