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DRUG-BUSTING WARSHIP RETURNS TO PORTSMOUTH

Portsmouth-based warship HMS Lancaster returned home to the cheers of hundreds of loved ones in Portsmouth today (December 18) following a successful drug-busting deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean.  

The Type 23 frigate spent seven months in the region, seizing drugs with a total street value of £160m.

During six raids the ship intercepted 1.2 tonnes of cocaine and almost 1.5 tonnes of cannabis. Lancaster also detained 23 drug-runners and disrupted a sizeable amount of drugs which were ditched in the sea.

Crew stepped off the ship carrying red roses for family and friends reflecting the ships connection with the namesake town of Lancaster. The red rose of Lancaster is the County flower of Lancashire.   

Since leaving the UK in May, Lancaster has clocked up over 30,000 miles and made 20 port visits to 18 countries. She visited all six of the British Overseas Territories in the region, starting with Bermuda and ending with Montserrat, as well as Commonwealth states such as Jamaica, Belize and Barbados. She also stopped off at a number of other islands in the area such as Dutch Curacao, French Martinique, as well as visiting the South American country of Columbia. 

In the majority of the places Lancaster’s 185 crew put their skilled labour to good use by helping out the local community in a wide range of projects from re-roofing houses and building bridges to painting hospitals and restoring cemeteries.

In September Lancaster took part in Exercise Unitas - a week-long multinational exercise involving 16 warships and submarines from nine nations ranging from Canada to Chile.

Image by- POA(Phot) Paul A'Barrow

HMS Nelson- Navy Mews

Portsmouth Naval Base will be opening 3 new short term family accommodation units at HMS Nelson in December 2016. These 2 bedroom units (Family Flats or Mews) are for Naval Service personnel who are separated or divorced parents who struggle to maintain quality time in a safe homely environment with their children.

The facilities will be available for first use from 19 December 2016 with an official opening by the Second Sea Lord and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in January 2017.

All Service personnel will be eligible to apply but priority will be given to single, separated parents with children. Child free personnel will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances i.e. for welfare reasons.

The facility has been funded from charitable funds and they are looking for any donations of the following:

Bedding, Rugs, Cutlery, Bathroom items (e.g. bathmats), Hair Dyers, Vases, Notice Boards, Picture frames, Kitchen utensils, Lamps, Mirrors, Clocks.

Any household items that the team are not able to use will be given to local charity shops. Collection can be arranged by emailing NAVYNBCP-EXECSUPPORTASSISTANT@mod.uk or donations can be left in HMS Nelson Jervis Block Accommodation Office.