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British minesweepers returns from Persian Gulf after 3 years

British minesweepers returns from Persian Gulf after 3 years

On 11 September, British minesweeper HMS Ledbury (Pennant Number: M30) returned to Porsmouth after more than 3 years of deployment in the Persian Gulf. Another HMS Blyth minesweeper, also returned from the same trip to Faslane.

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The two Royal Navy minehunters completed the 6,000-mile journey from Bahrain where they spent over 1,000 days defending shipping, maintaining open sea lanes and collaborating with UK allies and regional partners.

The two Royal Navy minehunters completed the 6,000-mile journey from Bahrain where they spent over 1,000 days defending shipping, maintaining open sea lanes and collaborating with the region's allies and partners in the UK.

A small flotilla of vessels, including Royal Marine ships from 43 Commando Fleet Security Group and a Clyde based tug, welcomed the Blyth and crew, as well as waving loved ones gathered at the Rhu Narrows.

Ledbury was warmly received, as was Blyth. Their deployment saw the ship spending 116 days at sea, with their anti-mine drone Seafox launched 57 times, and 88 dives conducted by the ship's clearance diving teams – at a time of especially high regional tensions in the Middle East.

Maritime Business World 

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