The British ship is engaged in rescue operations in the Mediterranean and has saved the lives of 377 migrants.
The news comes following an announcement that a British frigate is being deployed against people smugglers in the Mediterranean. HMS Richmond is to be sent to the coast of Libya to stop the human traffickers who are risking lives by taking refugees on the dangerous journey to Europe by sea.
HMS Enterprise previously contributed to a major rescue of 453 migrants in the Mediterranean at the start of the month. The vessel identified four small vessels and safely brought aboard the occupants. The people rescued were later transferred to the German frigate Schleswig Holstein and taken to the southern Italian port of Taranto. HMS Enterprise began operating in the area at the start of July when she replaced HMS Bulwark.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
“Once again, our Royal Navy has rescued a large number of migrants from the Mediterranean.
Our focus remains on smashing the criminal smuggling gangs who are putting innocent lives at risk. HMS Enterprise is well equipped for that task, as is the frigate HMS Richmond, which we have also now offered to the mission.”
HMS Enterprise, the tenth ship to bear this name, is a multi-role survey vessel of the Echo class. The vessel is normally tasked with conducting survey work in support of submarine and amphibious operations, however the class is also able to perform a mine countermeasures role.