07 Dec '12, 3pm

HMS Blyth heads home after NATO deployment

Forming part of the Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group 2 (SNMCMG2), the Sandown Class minehunter served as the 'command platform' during exercises in the region, leading ships from the Turkish, German and Italian navies. The challenging deployment saw HMS Blyth operate in all parts of the Mediterranean and in the Black Sea, conducting numerous exercises in mine hunting, surveillance, maritime security operations, and providing a NATO high-readiness force in the region. Leaving her base at HM Naval Base Clyde in June, HMS Blyth arrived in the region at the end of July, and transited through the Istanbul Straits to the Black Sea, visiting Romania and Bulgaria before taking her place in the SNMCMG2. Lieutenant Nick Court, HMS Blyth's Executive Officer, said: "Working in the Black Sea was a fantastic chance to experience a new region whilst serving as the command...

Full article: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOpe...

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