Type 23 Frigate HMS Northumberland has stopped in Dundee, Lerwick and Faslane recently.
Sunday Funday at Sea .. Spare us a thought, it’s a bumpy day out here onboard the good ship Northumberland #NORTDefends #RoyalNavy @royalnavy @ShaunRoster @royalnavalreserve pic.twitter.com/CPfftujlj8
— HMS Northumberland (@HMSNORT) December 20, 2020
The Royal Navy stress that sailors have remained in a protective bubble to ensure the virus does not risk their operations.
“HMS Northumberland’s sailors are preparing for Christmas away from home as they continue on their vital mission to protect UK waters and the nation’s nuclear deterrent. The Type 23 frigate was last at her home port of Devonport in late September and since then has been part of the UK Carrier Strike group during landmark operations in the North Sea and monitored Russian activity close to UK waters during her relentless patrols around Britain.
In all, Northumberland has sailed more than 10,000 miles since leaving home but it doesn’t end there. The frigate and her ship’s company are preparing for a festive period away carrying out their vital duties in protecting the UK’s home waters, all with rigorous Covid-19 restrictions in place which ultimately mean nobody on board can go any further than the jetty when they come alongside between operations.”
Commanding Officer, Commander Thom Hobbs, said:
“This deployment has been incredibly challenging for my ship’s company given the stringent but necessary restrictions we follow due to the coronavirus. We follow them to ensure that the UK’s very high readiness frigate is always available, ready to respond at immediate notice to protect UK sensitive waters and the UK’s strategic deterrent.
Even in the face of these extraordinary challenges, my ship’s company has responded, remaining professional, adaptable and delivering in abundance. I am incredibly proud of what every sailor has achieved in these testing times.”