The ship’s company should be justifiably proud of their achievements.

Commodore Paddy McAlpine RN

Commodore McAlpine said: “The ship’s company should be justifiably proud of their achievements.  The refit threw up some serious challenges which could have impacted on the ship’s ability to deploy later this year.

“However, the crew, particularly the marine engineers, met the challenges with professionalism, expertise, and good humour.

“All in all, a job very well done.”

Warrant Officer Alan Evans, the marine engineering officer onboard HMS Middleton, received the commendation on behalf of his team.

He said:“The whole team is overjoyed to receive recognition of their hard work.  It’s not over yet but I am confident the department will continue to work together to deliver success on all fronts.”

After successfully completing the refit, Middleton’s crew sailed from Portsmouth to the west coast of Scotland to conduct an intensive period of sea safety training, practising all the skills needed to deal with emergencies at sea.

The crew of HMS Middleton are now preparing for a seven month deployment to the Gulf where they will join an international naval task force helping to keep the sea lanes open for merchant ships from all nations.

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