Pirates beware – Northumberland’s namesake warship is off on patrol.
HMS Northumberland set off from Plymouth on Monday to begin a seven-month deployment in the Middle East.
The Type 23 frigate, which has the honour of the Freedom of Northumberland, as well as of the former borough of Castle Morpeth, will relieve her sister ship HMS Somerset in policing crucial international maritime trade routes.
The deployment is part of the Royal Navy’s commitment to the region to provide reassurance to the UK’s allies, keep the busy shipping lanes open, clamp down on illegal activity and carry out security and counter-piracy patrols.
The ship has undergone an extensive period of regeneration to get ready for operation as a front-line fighting ship.
Meanwhile, her crew took the opportunity to visit the North East, before completing trials and an intensive and challenging operational sea training programme under Flag Officer Sea Training staff to prepare for an event they might face while on patrol.
Commander Tristram Kirkwood said: “My ship’s company is keen to get going on this demanding mission.
“It takes a tremendous amount of personal and professional commitment to regenerate a warship ready for operations and I am extremely proud of my ship’s company for the work they have done in getting us to this point.
“The ship’s company is rightly excited about the deployment and we are all committed to it being a success.”