As a globally deployed force, we need to demonstrate we can work closely with our allies wherever we are.

Lieutenant Commander Alexandra Pollard

INS Betwa is armed with an array of weaponry and carries up to two helicopters. Since commissioning in 2004, Betwa has been involved in operations in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean.

Lieutenant Thomas Loxton, HMS Richmond’s Navigating Officer said: “This was a great opportunity to work with a very competent and professional navy. Working with the Betwa was rewarding; she is a very capable ship.”

Richmond has been deployed to the Indian Ocean and surrounding region for six months. 

The ship has been deployed with the Combined Maritime Forces, Combined Task Force 150, working to promote maritime security and freedom of navigation in the Middle East region.

Story corrected on 23 October 2015 - HMS Richmond has deployed for nine months.