Northumberland’s namesake warship has returned home just in time for Christmas.
HMS Northumberland has docked at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth after a seven-month deployment in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean.
The ship, which has the freedom of the borough and county, has been involved in a range of maritime security operations, including counter-piracy, counter-drugs, escort duties and international exercises, all designed to disrupt illegal use of the sea and ensure freedom of navigation and trade.
The boarding team checked a number of suspect vessels, looking for illicit material such as narcotics, weapons, or intelligence.
The Royal Marines boarding party conducted joint training with the US Marine Corps in Bahrain, and HMS Northumberland carried out a joint anti-submarine warfare exercise with the US Navy.
The ship visited Gibraltar, Crete, Bahrain, Dubai, Fujairah, India, Oman, Malta and Portugal, covering 38,000 miles over 201 days.
Commander Tristram Kirkwood said: “I am immensely proud of my sailors. They have come together as a ship’s company magnificently, both during our demanding pre-deployment training and on operations to perform a multitude of diverse and challenging tasks.”