Welcome back lads!
HMS Sutherland returned to her home port of Plymouth yesterday, Wednesday 20 June 2007, following a nine-month deployment to the Gulf.
The ship deployed in September 2006 to act as the United Kingdom's naval unit in the Arabian Gulf helping to protect the Iraqi oil platforms.
In addition to these duties the ship also took part in two multi-national maritime exercises with the Royal Navy of Oman and the Pakistan Navy in Karachi which included a Fleet review by President Musharraf.
The frigate's busy deployment saw her working alongside several other nations, including several days with the French aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle conducting flying operations in support of British and coalition troops in Afghanistan, as well as deterring piracy and smuggling in the Middle East region.