Plymouth's HMS Monmouth in anti-pirate mission
PLYMOUTH-based Royal Navy frigate HMS Monmouth has been preparing to tackle modern day pirates.
The joint operation, with mine hunter HMS Atherstone comes as the ship builds up to patrols policing international trade routes in the Middle East.
The operation saw the mine hunter act as a suspected pirate vessel which was boarded by a Royal Marine boarding team from HMS Monmouth.
The sailors of HMS Atherstone provided realistic resistance as mock pirates, giving the Royal Marines a chance to practise their man-handling and small arms skills to secure the 'pirate ship'.
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Lieutenant Commander Ben Vickery, captain of HMS Atherstone, said: "The UK's mine counter measure vessels often have to work in difficult and dangerous circumstances, both here and in the Arabian Gulf as shown during the Libyan conflict. With this in mind, the value of training and creating interoperability with a Type 23 frigate really comes to the fore."