31 Aug '12, 3pm

Royal Navy minehunters return from the Gulf: HMS Middleton and HMS Pembroke have both experienced emotional home...

Portsmouth gave a heartwarming welcome home to HMS Middleton who has returned from maritime security operations in the Gulf. The minehunter was part of a mine countermeasures capability operating out of Bahrain which saw her conducting maritime security operations to reassure regional nations of the UK's commitment to security. HMS Middleton displayed that commitment through the co-ordination and conduct of exercises and focused operations with other coalition forces and Gulf Cooperation Council nations. Since January 2012 the current ship's company has often endured temperatures in excess of 50 degrees Celsius and winds of 50mph (80km/h). The testing environmental conditions of the Gulf make it an ideal location to maintain warm water capabilities and develop the expertise necessary to deliver the full range of activities that make up an expeditionary mine countermeasures...

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