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HMS Kent returns to Portsmouth after four-month stint in the Gulf

Picture credits: Royal Navy

The frigate was out guarding shipping entering and leaving the Gulf during its deployment.

She was greeted by hundreds of friends and family waiting for their loved ones to return, at the naval base's South Railway Jetty.

The return home was particularly special for the frigate's Leading Engineering Technician, Jordan Andrews who proposed to his long-term girlfriend after stepping on the jetty.

Speaking about the occasion, Jordan said:

“Proposing today was always part of the plan – I thought I would make the most of the homecoming.

"I’m so pleased she said yes!”

(Engineering Technican, Jordan Andrews proposes & hundreds welcome the return of HMS Kent. Picture credits: Royal Navy)

The ship clocked up 46,100 miles at sea in 2019 and was guided in and out of 17 ports.

Commanding Officer Commander, Andrew Brown said;

“I could not be prouder of the ship’s company who have all repeatedly risen to every challenge presented to them and I wish them and all their friends and families a happy Christmas with their loved ones.

“HMS Kent has had a very busy year which started in Plymouth with a six-week training package to prepare the ship for operations.

“Eleven months later we have returned from operations in the Gulf supporting UK prosperity and demonstrating once again the Royal Navy’s global presence.”

The spell in the Middle East was partially in support of maritime security/counter-terrorism operations.

But the majority of the time, assisted merchant shipping through the Strait of Hormuz to prevent interference to vessels.

HMS Kent carried out 28 passages through the narrow waters, accompanying close to two million tonnes of merchant traffic.

The frigate was assisted by HMS Montrose, HMS Defender and HMS Duncan.

The ship has recently offloaded her Wildcat helicopter to return to its base in Somerset.

HMS Kent had been away from Portsmouth for 275 days.

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