HMS Shoreham has returned to Scotland.
The Royal Navy say that the Sandown Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel left Scottish shores in 2018, making the 6,000-mile journey to the Gulf, where she was part of the UK’s enduring presence in the region along with fellow Royal Navy minehunter HMS Brocklesby.
“While deployed, Shoreham helped keep important sea-lanes secure, ready to detect and neutralise underwater devices should anyone threaten the safe passage of merchant shipping.
While the ships stay in the region, the crews rotate, with the current ship’s company – Crew Five from MCM1 – having spent eleven-months deployed on operations in the last 15-months. The Crew also had the task of sailing the 600-tonne ship home.”
The journey back home saw the crew conduct maritime security operations in over seven different seas and four vital maritime “choke points”, deterring both piracy and terrorism. Both HMS Shoreham and HMS Brocklesby also participated in Operation Sea Guardian, NATO’s maritime security mission in the Mediterranean.
“I am incredibly proud of my ship’s company for the hard work and effort they have put into making this trip home a success,” said Lieutenant Commander Richard Kemp, Commanding Officer of HMS Shoreham.
“They have shown a fantastic ethos, especially during some challenging periods at sea. I now look forward to granting my ship’s company some well-deserved post-deployment leave before we continue operations in the UK.”