We are deploying with a sufficient amount of equipment and personnel to enable us to respond to a broad range of operational demands

Second Officer Mark Martin

Before sailing, Mounts Bay was visited by Rear Admiral Graeme Mackay, Director Carrier Strike, who spoke to the ship’s company and embarked forces and passed on the best wishes of the First Sea Lord.

Second Officer Mark Martin, the ship’s communications officer, said: “We are deploying with a sufficient amount of equipment and personnel to enable us to respond to a broad range of operational demands during this deployment.

“Once we are in the Mediterranean we will also embark a Wildcat helicopter from 825 Naval Air Squadron which means we will be able to start conducting aviation exercises with partners.”