I'm immensely proud of my team, who have consistently proved themselves over a sustained period of high tempo Operational Sea Training

Lieutenant Commander Jim Harkin, HMS Ledbury's Commanding Officer

The following fortnight focussed on the ship's primary duty - to find and neutralise enemy mines. The ship's company cleared an allocated area using sonar and her Seafox unmanned underwater vehicles.

Once training mines were found, then the ship's mine clearance divers dealt with the threat using high-explosive underwater charges - or by dispatching the 'live' version of Seafox to remotely detonate a simulated mine.

"I'm immensely proud of my team, who have consistently proved themselves over a sustained period of high tempo Operational Sea Training," said Lt Cdr Harkin.

"This year we are away from our families for eight months, but the ship's contribution to UK defence, economic security and wider geopolitical stability is considerable. My ship's company and their families can be very proud of what they do."

This weekend Ledbury weighs in to Joint Warrior, the twice-yearly air-sea-land war games waged largely in and off western Scotland which draws in not just the core of the UK's Armed Forces, but ships, aircraft and personnel from numerous Allied nations.

For Ledbury, it'll be a chance to prove she can work as part of a task group - be it purely RN or international, exactly as she'll do once based in Bahrain.

The Hunt-class ship is due to sail for the Gulf later this year with her sister Chiddingfold making the journey in the opposite direction ahead of a major refit in Portsmouth.

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