It’s great for the crew to be home. I am extremely proud of my team who have done a tremendous job.

Cdr Tristram Kirkwood, Commanding Officer

Also waiting on the jetty were the family of Chief Petty Officer Gary Crabtree.  It is his last deployment before he leaves the Navy in July 2014 and to mark the occasion they dressed up in naval uniforms and had made masks of his face to wear to greet him.

HMS Northumberland’s Commanding Officer, Commander Tristram Kirkwood, said: ”It’s great for the crew to be home.  HMS Northumberland has spent the last seven months providing both assurance to our regional partners and legitimate maritime traffic, and deterrence to those who would commit illegal acts in international waters. 

"I am extremely proud of my team who have done a tremendous job.  They are now looking forward to some well deserved leave with their families and friends.”

HMS Northumberland handed over in the Red Sea to sister ship HMS Kent to maintain the UK’s long-standing commitment to Maritime security in the region. HMS Northumberland is expected to return to operations in the region in summer 2014.