HMS Ramsey has returned home following a four-month NATO deployment.
The Sandown class vessel was working with Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) in the Baltic and North Sea, say the Royal Navy.
According to a Royal Navy news release:
“Throughout the deployment, HMS Ramsey and her 40-strong crew have conducted maritime security, historical ordnance disposal and multinational exercises alongside the UK’s NATO maritime partners and allies. Deploying after a period of training with Flag Officer Sea Training, HMS Ramsey joined the task group in Gothenburg, Sweden before moving into the Baltic Sea.
The task group was made up of MCMVs from the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Belgium and Denmark and UK with the Danish vessel HDMS Thetis as the Group Flagship. Primarily deployed to the Baltic and North Atlantic region, SNMCMG1 is a permanent and high readiness task group which provides NATO with an immediate operational response capability both in peacetime and in crisis.”
HMS Ramsey’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Peter Ellison, said:
“This has been a valuable and successful deployment demonstrating the UK’s commitment to NATO and helping to keep maritime trade routes open. My team have delivered on operations and now look forward to a period of well-deserved leave. The opportunity to welcome family and friends on board is something we all look forward to and I am delighted to be able to show them my appreciation for their outstanding support throughout our deployment.”