To date, Enterprise has been a flagship without a task group, but in Brindisi that changed as the first ship assigned to the NATO force this autumn, Turkish minehunter Edremit, joined the Briton for the entry into harbour.

While Turks and Brits were getting to know one another, task group commander Cdr Justin Hains visited Brindisi's civic and military leaders, who stressed the importance of the port and maritime trade links in the southern Adriatic.

It's the task of the minehunting group to support those trade links by keeping the sea lines open and free of mines - be they present day or those from the Mediterranean's 20th Century conflicts.