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Royal Navy sailors get reception fit for heroes on return home

Welcome home! Royal Navy sailors get reception fit for heroes on return home after Mediterranean mission including helping British airstrikes in Syria

  • Royal Navy sailors received a reception fit for heroes on their return home after a six-month deployment 
  • Emotions were running high as around 800 people waited at Portsmouth Naval Base for HMS Duncan
  • Families holding banners cheered as the Type 45 destroyer came into view, while the crew waved back

Royal Navy sailors received a reception fit for heroes on their return home after a six-month deployment across the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

Emotions were running high as around 800 people waited at Portsmouth Naval Base for the ship’s company of HMS Duncan.

Families holding banners and signs cheered as the Type 45 destroyer came into view, while the crew waved back from the deck.

The £1billion warship – home to a 200-strong complement – made its way back to the city, its home port, Friday afternoon.

Royal Navy sailors received a reception fit for heroes on their return home after a six-month deployment across the Mediterranean and Black Sea

Royal Navy sailors received a reception fit for heroes on their return home after a six-month deployment across the Mediterranean and Black Sea

Emotions were running high as people waited at Portsmouth Naval Base for the ship’s company of HMS Duncan

Emotions were running high as people waited at Portsmouth Naval Base for the ship’s company of HMS Duncan

It had spent more than half a year as the flagship in Nato’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) travelling around the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea.

After heading out on January 8 this year, the ship carried out defence engagement activities alongside Nato Partners and provided an air defence shield for Nato-led air strikes in Syria.

The crew and ship also rescued two Algerian fishermen who had been lost at sea for numerous days.

Then the wartime ship journeyed to The Gulf where it protected shipping lanes and worked on engagement activities alongside regional and international partners.

Families holding banners and signs cheered as the Type 45 destroyer came into view, while the crew waved back from the deck 

Families holding banners and signs cheered as the Type 45 destroyer came into view, while the crew waved back from the deck 

The £1billion warship - home to a 200-strong complement - made its way back to the city, its home port, Friday afternoon

The £1billion warship – home to a 200-strong complement – made its way back to the city, its home port, Friday afternoon

Commander of SNMG2, commodore Mike Utley from the Royal Navy, said: ‘To command SNMG2 during a successful deployment and a period of significant UK contribution to NATO has been an honour.

‘I am proud of the achievements and the contributions made to maritime security, regional stability and defence engagement whilst operating in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

‘The delivery of such strategic effect has been made possible by having a highly capable and versatile Flagship such as HMS Duncan and all the allied ships which have worked with us,’ reported The News.

Paul Chuckle – one half of the comedy duo, the Chuckle brothers -was near the area and posted out a shout out to HMS Duncan.

He wrote: ‘HMS Duncan arriving #Portsmouth …. might see it on the way out.’

Duncan will deploy in 2019.

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