Lancashire’s official ship - HMS Lancaster - has completed a successful visit to the Belize where she took part in Independence Day celebrations.
The Type 23 frigate, which sails out of Portsmouth, is on a six month deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean providing reassurance and security to the region as well as conducting counter narcotic operations.
Lancaster was anchored off Belize City for four days and a squad of 20 sailors took part in the Independence Day parade in the capital, Belmopan on September 21.
The frigate was welcomed to Belize with a reception by the Governor General, which concluded with a midnight flag lowering ceremony – the time the Union Jack was lowered for the last time in the country in 1981.
HMS Lancaster’s commanding officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said: “It was a great honour and a privilege for me to be able to bring Lancaster to Belize and take part in the Independence Day celebrations.
“Belize has a long and rich history with the UK and the Royal Navy in particular and I believe that our visit has renewed old friendships and helped establish many new ones. Whilst we are in the region we will continue to support the people of Belize in any way we can.”
Lancaster will now embark on a further counter narcotics patrol in the Central Caribbean – just one of the many roles she is currently carrying out on her deployment in support of British interests overseas.