HMS Daring, Type 45 destroyer, has been tasked with protecting merchant vessels and Royal Navy ships sailing through the Bab al-Mandeb strait.
The destroyer also escorted the Joint Expeditionary Force task group including Devonport-based HMS Bulwark, flagship HMS Ocean, and the MV Eddystone Point.
The ship will also be operating as part of Combined Task Force 150 and will use its Royal Navy and Royal Marines boarding teams to conduct counter piracy, counter terrorist and counter smuggling operations.
According to a press release, its main effort is to disrupt terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and Al Shabab and deter piracy and other unlawful activities at sea in an area spanning from the Suez Canal, through the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and into the Gulf of Oman.
Commander Philip Dennis, the Commanding Officer of HMS Daring, said:
“We’re proud to be helping keep ships in the region safe but it only represents a fraction of what the Royal Navy does.
With 8,000 people deployed, from HMS Portland in the South Atlantic to HMS Ocean in the Gulf, the Royal Navy is meeting commitments around the globe while investing in new technology.”