"The Commanding Officer of a Plymouth warship has praised his “exceptional” team for their success on Exercise Cougar 13.
Captain Andrew Burns said he was “immensely proud” of the achievements of the sailors and marines aboard HMS Bulwark which has spent the last four months at sea.
He also said their efforts were in no doubt partly thanks to the support of friends and family back home.
His words came just days before the Royal Navy fleet flagship is due to return to Devonport this Friday.
Royal Navy flagship HMS Bulwark to return to Plymouth on Friday | Plymouth Herald