Final visit for HMS Lancaster

Before her last dash for home port and Christmas leave; HMS Lancaster has visited her final stop – Algiers in Algeria.

It was a busy three days for the Portsmouth based frigate with defence engagement and official receptions hosted on-board.

Rounding off the short visit was a workout with several ships from the Algerian Navy including their newest, the Landing Platform Helicopter, Kalaat Béni Abbés.

Our visit to Algiers marked the end of Lancaster’s long period of defence engagement throughout Africa.

Lieutenant Matthew Taborda RN

Lieutenant Matthew Taborda, Lancaster’s operations officer, said: “Our visit to Algiers marked the end of Lancaster’s long period of defence engagement throughout Africa.

“We’ve had a great opportunity to engage with our Algerian Navy colleagues who couldn’t have been more welcoming and hospitable.

“The exercises we conducted once we’d sailed showed them to be a very capable force and definitely one the Royal Navy would look forward to working with again in the future.”

Lancaster is now sailing for home due to arrive later this week with over 800 guests comprising family and friends waiting to greet her.