Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Warships return to Portsmouth after six months

HMS Iron Duke leaves Portsmouth
HMS Iron Duke's deployment included front-line action off Libya

Nearly 500 sailors have arrived back in Portsmouth on board two warships after more than six months at sea.

HMS Richmond has been involved in anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa and has been as far as Brunei, Singapore and the Seychelles.

HMS Iron Duke's deployment included front-line action off Libya.

Its responsibilities also included protecting against piracy and terrorism and protecting Iraq's oil platforms.

In 2009, the 4,900-tonne HMS Iron Duke was involved in the largest-ever cocaine seizure by the navy.

The frigate was launched in 1991 and earlier this year was "affiliated" to the island of Jersey.

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