Warships return to Portsmouth after six months
- 28 July 2011
- From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight
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.