Everyone is delighted to be back in the UK with their families.

Lieutenant Commander Stuart Yates RN

He continued, “MCM crews usually fly in and out of the Gulf so rarely get to experience a homecoming and that made today special.

“The ship has been planning its homecoming for the past two years and the seven weeks it took us to get back from the Gulf did feel long, but everyone is delighted to be back in the UK with their families.”

HMS Quorn has been a key part of Britain’s contribution to Operation Kipion, responsible for keeping sea lanes open and combating illegal maritime activity in the region.

She has been involved in numerous high tempo operations and exercises, building lasting relationships with regional allies and flying the flag for the UK in the region.

Quorn usually rotates her crew every six months but her current ship’s company have been on board since January.

They have encountered everything from soaring temperatures in excess of 50 degrees centigrade in the height of the Bahrain summer to fifteen-foot seas in the Indian Ocean.

Able Seaman (mine Warfare) Greg ‘Leroy’ Learoyd, 28, from Southsea, was on his first ship having joined the Royal Navy 18 months ago.

He said: “The brotherhood on-board was amazing, especially in such a small ship where you get to know everyone really well and strong bonds develop.

“The worst part was that on a minehunter you really felt the sea because of its size. I am just happy to be home now and am looking forward to spending time with my girlfriend.”

HMS Quorn has been one part of the quartet of Royal Navy minehunters permanently based in the region providing expert capabilities to find, identify and destroy sea mines.

Beyond minehunting she has carried out engagement across the region attending high-profile events such as the 2014 Dimdex defence industry exhibition in Qatar and the Omani-led multinational exercise Khunjar Hadd.

Quorn and her crew have also worked closely with American allies, with the ship being ‘twinned’ with the American minehunter USS Devastator.

The ship, which celebrated its 25th birthday whilst in the Gulf, paid visits to Muscat, Salalah, Djibouti, Malta, Toulon and Gibraltar on her long journey home.

Lieutenant Commander Yates added: “I am very proud of what the ship’s company has achieved in the last eight months and it is a privilege to have been able to sail the ship back home.

“To be able to celebrate a traditional homecoming with families and friends is a special occasion for us all.”

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