HMS Lancaster was cheered home by hundreds of loved ones as she returned from a nine-month deployment to the North and South Atlantic.
The Type 23 frigate has steamed more than 35,000 nautical miles across four oceans and has visited 23 ports in 18 countries. The ship – which left the UK in March – was the first Royal Navy vessel to deploy with the new Wildcat maritime attack helicopter. During nine months away HMS Lancaster has delivered an intensive programme of defence engagement and maritime security from the Caribbean to West Africa.
Highlights include participation in US Navy Fleet Week in New Orleans and 12 exercises with foreign navies.