Plymouth sailors on board HMS Argyll sail on deployment
FAMILIES and friends of Devonport sailors said their fond farewells yesterday as HMS Argyll sailed from Plymouth.
The Type 23 Frigate set off on a seven-month deployment in the Atlantic and off West Africa.
The crew will conduct anti-drugs operations while providing support to UK territories and partners worldwide.
As they began their journey, loved ones made their way to Devils Point and Plymouth Hoe armed with binoculars to get a last glimpse of the sailors.
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Pipers from the City of Plymouth Pipe Band were on board the ship and played for the passage down the Hamoaze and the Sound to reflect her Scots theme and affiliated links.
Commander Tim Neild said: "I am hugely confident that we will deliver success in all that is asked of us and in doing so will make a significant contribution to Maritime Security and British interests worldwide."
Since completing her previous deployment 10 months ago, HMS Argyll has been conducting operations in home waters, representing the country and Royal Navy at the National Armed Forces Day event in Plymouth, Belgian Navy Days and at a trade and investment initiative in Hamburg.
Prior to deploying, the crew have undertaken an intensive period of training and maintenance to prepare for the tasks ahead.
On completion of her work in the Atlantic, the ship will undertake a number of high-profile regional engagement visits in the Caribbean before returning to her base-port of Devonport later this year.